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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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Dr. Michael Thompson
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Cancer Treatment (Definition)

Cancer is a very broad term for all types of solid and blood malignancies. The treatments vary by biology , research and phase of ...Read more


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