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Doctor insights on: Signs Of Approaching Death In Cancer Patients

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Is high iron levels a sign the end is approaching for terminal cancer patient? Given 4 weeks but has now been 16. Still mobile but slowly sleepin more

Is high iron levels a sign the end is approaching for terminal cancer patient? Given 4 weeks but has now been 16. Still mobile but slowly sleepin more

Unlikely: High iron is not in any common prognostic database for terminal cancer patients and even these are difficult to apply to an individual patient. High iron might has too many causes in cancer. More predictive is how active the person is, what the appetite is, malnutrition level, immunity level, organ function, and so on. Many, many, other items to factor. If not on hospice, get it and ask their md. Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Is jaundice, nausea, lack of appetite are very bad signs for an advaced stage liver cancer patient?

Is jaundice, nausea, lack of appetite are very bad signs for an advaced stage liver cancer patient?

Sounds like: The symptoms are those of advanced liver cancer and are very bad signs since NUTRITION is a very important factor in the battle against cancer! The patient's ONCOLOGIST will have the medication (s) or NUTRITIONIST referral to help. Hope this info helps! Dr Z Read more

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Do cancer patients die of pain?

Do cancer patients die of pain?

No!: We can't always cure cancer, but we can always treat pain. Cancer patients should never suffer from pain. We can block nerves that carry pain signals, use medications, and even implant spinal cord stimulators to control pain. Cancer patients die for many reasons, but not from pain. If you are suffering from cancer pain, ask your doctor for relief. And don't stop asking until you are comfortable! Read more

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What is velodex used for for cancer patients?

What is velodex used for for cancer patients?

Tamoxifen: Valodex/nolvadex are other names for the generic drug tamoxifen. It is an antiestrogen and blocks the effects of estrogen in the body. It can be used in breast cancer, dcis (ductal carcinoma in situ, pre-invasive breast cancer) and non-cancerous conditions rarely. Some cancers need estrogen to grow and this can block that growth. Read more

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How do cancer patients know when the end is near?

How do cancer patients know when the end is near?

Many well: Intentioned care providers withhold information, offer more treament, and don't come clean about the fact that: losing weight, not eating; having no appetite; spending increasing to all one's time in bed or chair signal approaching end. Inability to control bowels and blader and losing consciousness can occur before breathing ceases. Invite palliative care in early. ..Before the end is near. Read more

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How many child cancer patients are dying annually?

How many child cancer patients are dying annually?

Getting better: About 2, 500 children die each year in the usa because of cancer, which is a huge improvement compared to a few decades ago. Read more

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Which things do cancer patients needs from loved ones?

Cancer: Love, compassion, tolerance, and most important empathic listening, being able to understand the unique experience of the person suffering without trying to fix or judge. Also helping the person live life despite cancer. Helping the person to participate in life as much as possible. Read more

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Do you know if doing qigong helps for cancer patients?

Do you know if doing qigong helps for cancer patients?

Sun Yun-cai: Sun yun-cai is a master of guo lin qigong. She previously taught in beijing. She is a cancer survivor. Check out this site: http://www. Guolinqigongto. Ca/en_master_sun. Php. Read more

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What is the best cancer joke that you've told a patient?

What is the best cancer joke that you've told a patient?

Context is key: I'll let you find the "sick" / counterphobic jokes on your own. The greatness of the human spirit is shown, among other ways, in our ability to find a smile (not ridicule) even in the most difficult situations. Sandra miniere's "lighter side of cancer" is a model for staying brave, upbeat, and cherishing life. Read more

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Would it be healthy for cancer patients to travel overseas?

Would it be healthy for cancer patients to travel overseas?

ABSOLUTELY: Unless they're actively undergoing aggressive chemotherapy, there's no reason cancer patients shouldn't travel. They should live they life they want to live, so, if this pertains to you, get on out there! Good luck. Read more

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How likely is survival for patients with relapses in cancer?

How likely is survival for patients with relapses in cancer?

Depends: Depends on multiple factors- including cancer location, where the cancer recurred, how early the recurrence is diagnosed, and what other treatments have been used in the past. See your oncologist for details. Read more

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Ask a health question...How safe is etda for cancer patients?

Ask a health question...How safe is etda for cancer patients?

Chelator: Ethylene diamine citric Acetic Acid grabs divalent cations (ca++, mg++, mn++, etc) and used in blue top lab tubes because calcium is needed to clot blood; this allows clotting parameters in the lab. It is n o t a drug or safe to use in humans. Read more

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In what ways are cancer patients able to hide their illness so well?

In what ways are cancer patients able to hide their illness so well?

Cancer is internal: Many times with the cancers, there are no external stigmata. Also, many of the treatments are much better tolerated than previously. The chemotherapeutic agents are more specific and more targeted, thus many of the bad side effects are decreased. Thus, the old image of sickly, infirm, bedridden patients may be less prevalent. Obviously, this is on a case by case basis. Read more

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Can you tell me some of the episodes where house has a patient with cancer?

Can you tell me some of the episodes where house has a patient with cancer?

Dr. House??: Dude. That is a fantasy program with very little grasp of reality (funny as it may be). Wrong website. Try imdb (internet movie database). They have a tv section and list each episode individually. Read more

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What types of support resources are available for cancer patients, families?

What types of support resources are available for cancer patients, families?

Many: There are many support services available for patients and families. One can begin to search for local resources. If none are available, contact the american cancer society, the leukemia/lymphoma foundation, or the leukemia society for resources. Read more