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What does high iron mean in cancer patient who has ceased treatment , now palliative care. Can this end life before cancer itself?

What does high iron mean in cancer patient who has  ceased treatment , now palliative care.  Can this end life before cancer itself?

Ignore it: A variety of lab changes may take place during the final stages of cancer. It's not inconceivable that the iron's been released from wasting tissues or hemorrhage into tumor. I can think of no treatble life-threatening complication of cancer that will raise the serum iron. "treat the patient, not the labs." i'm also glad your friend has you to care during her lsat illness. Thanks for asking. ...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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Does palliative care, when a person has pancreatic cancer, mean that chemo, radiation and clinical trials stop? No further treatment?

Does palliative care, when a person has pancreatic cancer, mean that chemo, radiation and clinical trials stop? No further treatment?

Your oncologist will: It is best to ask your doctor(Oncologist) about the treatment plan. Palliative care means use of symptom control measures. It does not mean stopping anticancer treatment. You are confusing this with Hospice Care . Hospice care means no more Cancer specific treatment, simply using comfort measures like we use in Palliative care. So there is clear cut difference between the meaning of these 2 terms. ...Read more

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How soon after a palliative care decision is physician made for cancer treatments to stop does a person enter a hospice?

How soon after a palliative care decision is physician made for cancer treatments to stop does a person enter a hospice?

Hospice: It depends on a lot of criteria but mainly occurs when the patient is unable to stay at home because the caregiver is unable to keep the patient comfortable or the patient's condition is such that he or she requires end of life terminal care. ...Read more

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Comparing palliative care for adults with cancer in hospice?

Comparing palliative care for adults with cancer in hospice?

The time to: Shift from exclusive focus on cure, to acceptance that cure is not possible, time to focus on quality, comfort and care is difficult for many. Today, evidence is pointing toward integrating comfort measures for pain, nausea, fatigue and sleep early during "cure care". Amazingly, people treated this way live longer, and more comfortably. It's what i would want! ...Read more

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What is fourth stage colon cancer palliative care?

What is fourth stage colon cancer palliative care?

Medication: Usually this indicates that the colon cancer cells have traveled to the liver and surgical treatment is not possible. Chemotherapy is used to try and kill the cells. ...Read more

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Explain palliative care for adults with cancer in a hospital vs those getting care in hospice?

Explain  palliative care for adults with cancer in a hospital vs those getting care in hospice?

Both ease symptoms!: Pallative care in a hospital is often delivered by a consulting team of clinicians, or in a specialized inpatient unit. Patients at any stage of illness can be helped by palliative care. Hospice is one form of palliative care that usually is delivered at home by a team of specialists, focused on the very last phase of life. ...Read more

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Does a palliative care cancer decision by a doctor mean that chemotherapy will stop? What happens then?

Does a palliative care cancer decision by a doctor mean that chemotherapy will stop? What happens then?

No: There are many recommendations for palliative chemotherapy where the intention is to palliate and not to cure. Sometimes the overall condition of the patient does not allow for full chemo courses where the benefit may not outweigh the risk. ...Read more

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My mom is in the final stage of her terminal cancer. Basically we're providing her with palliative care at home. She started mumbling and moaning a lot last night. Its quite disturbing but she's not in pain. However everytime she falls asleep it happens.

My mom is in the final stage of her terminal cancer. Basically we're providing her with palliative care at home. She started mumbling and moaning a lot last night. Its quite disturbing but she's not in pain. However everytime she falls asleep it happens.

Call the hospice nur: While some patients do moan in the last phase of life, i would ask the hospice nurse to assess her to see if you should try some extra pain medicine. Sometimes moaning is a non-verbal sign of pain, or delirium--both treatable conditions. But you probably need an experienced person to look at her. ...Read more

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When your oncologist recommends palliative care for stage 4 breast cancer that has mets to brain, what has happened physically to the body?

When your oncologist recommends palliative care for stage 4 breast cancer that has mets to brain, what has happened physically to the body?

Peace and comfort: To the lost second , body deteriorates due to disease. Family , and unfortunate victim to the disease must come to terms allow the disease to take its course, providing pain free comfortable end is the palliative care , several dedicated hospice centers are available for such care. ...Read more

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I had grade 3 invasive breast cancer and now I'm in palliative care as I have 8 lesions in my brain and my lungs are full. Radiation etc but how long?

I had grade 3 invasive breast cancer and now I'm in palliative care as I have 8 lesions in my brain and my lungs are full. Radiation etc but how long?

Palliative Care: The duration of your palliative radiation is really dependent upon your continued favorable response to treatment and also your desire to continue treatment. This should be an on going conversation between you, your loved ones (if they are involved), and your doctor/palliative care team. ...Read more

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What kind of mental/spiritual therapy can someone in palliative care undergo?

Any kind: The best spiritual therapy is one that fits your values and beliefs and needs. What has helped you in the past (nature, music, art, prayer, meditation, anointing, etc.) and what has given you strength can best identify what you need. Spirituality means different things to different people and the strength one receives from it and the type of therapy is best defined by the patient that needs it. ...Read more

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In general, what can be some treatment options, besides palliative hospice care, for stage 4 pancreas cancer and extensive liver mets?

In general, what can be some treatment options, besides palliative hospice care, for stage 4 pancreas cancer and extensive liver mets?

Recommend chemothera: There are more than one chemotherapy options. Seek advice from a medical oncologist. A combination of Gemcitabine and Nab Paclitaxel is one recently approved treatment regimen. Other drug regimens like FOLFERINOX are also commonly used. ...Read more

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How do you receive palliative care? Ask?

YES!!: Palliative care is focused on symptoms and stress of a serious illness--patients at any stage of illness and their families can benefit. Most hospitals have palliative care teams and many clinics have palliative care specialists--so just ask. And you don't need to be at the end of life! ...Read more

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How do someone become a palliative care nurse?

How do someone  become a palliative care nurse?

Http://www.hpna.org/: If you are already a nurse, you may choose to work in the field of hospice, palliative care, home health, cancer care, etc. Additionally, once you have had a certain number of hours of practice, you may study to become certified in palliative care. Here is some more information: http://www.Hpna.Org/displaypage.Aspx?Title=certification%20preparation. ...Read more

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Please help! when should someone be offered palliative care?

Please help! when should someone be offered palliative care?

End of Life?: Palliative care tends to be usually offered during end of life care. However palliative care can be offered for other reasons as well. I would consider seeing a pain specialist who might be able to help you out with this. ...Read more

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If someone is being taken to a palliative care team, does that mean you're dying?

Not necessary: Everybody is dying sooner or later. Palliative care is provided for somebody who has a life-threatening disease that may cause death but it is not clear when. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Thompson
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Cancer Treatment (Definition)

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Dr. Anthony Back
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Palliative Care (Definition)

Palliative care is a field of medicine relating to the alleviation of pain, especially in ...Read more