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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Body Shutting Down From Cancer

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What does it mean by your body shutting down in cancer?

What does it mean by your body shutting down in cancer?

No idea.: This phrase is often bandied about, but there is no specific medical correlate. Doctor's do not use this and I certainly could not put it on a death certificate. The phrase is just way too general. Could describe progressive failure of kidneys, liver or mental decline with "failure to thrive" or really just about anything else.... ...Read more

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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My friend is a cancer patient who's kindey's have started producing creamy fluid, is this a sign of her body shutting down?

My friend is a cancer patient who's kindey's have started producing creamy fluid, is this a sign of her body shutting down?

? creamy urine?: Usually body fluid that is creamy or whitish is usually from lymphatic obstruction. Notable fluid in lung or abdominal cavity.
Could be sign of lymphoma. ...Read more

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Pancreatic cancer, stage 4. I'm on a machine to aid digestion and relieve pain from the cancer. Is my body shutting down? Honest answer.

Pancreatic cancer, stage 4. I'm on a machine to aid digestion and relieve pain from the cancer. Is my body shutting down? Honest answer.

I'm sorry: About your diagnosis. You don't really provide a great deal of information about your overall condition. However, the fact that you are well enough to participate lucidly in this online community, it doesn't seem to me that you are " shutting down" just yet. Hopefully you are receiving good palliative care. It seems as if you are. I wish more good days for you. ...Read more

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Pancreatic cancer. Whipple. Chemo 7 months. Tumors in pancreas and liver. Recent blood clot. Pain. New intestinal blockage. Is my body shutting down?

Pancreatic cancer. Whipple. Chemo 7 months. Tumors in pancreas and liver. Recent blood clot. Pain. New intestinal blockage. Is my body shutting down?

Difficult disease: Some blockages are due to scar tissue inside the abdomen (called adhesions), and other blockages are due to cancer growth. A CT scan may be able to tell the difference between the 2. If the blockage is cancer-related, then it may be time to think about a different chemotherapy regimen. But if it's just adhensions, then sometimes an operation helps. Talk to your doctor to investigate further ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of eating too little or symptoms of your body shutting down because of eating too little? This is 4 a 15 yo girl, 110lbs, 5'4"

Energetic?: Good question! Food is fuel for the body. When there's a good balance of fat, protein, and carbs, it gives us energy to go just like gas in the car. It also keeps us warm. Drink adequate water throughout the day too. Regular, soft stools are just one way to know if your food and fluid intake are good. Talk with your doctor and see if you're in a good height and weight range for your age. ...Read more

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For about 4days now, ive had probs sleeping. I doze off for a bit, but its definitely not much. Worried about my body shutting down. Quickest solution?

For about 4days now, ive had probs sleeping. I doze off for a bit, but its definitely not much. Worried about my body shutting down. Quickest solution?

Insomnia: You have acute probably transient insomnia, are you worried about something? . you can try over the counter sleep aid that is usually an anti histamine, if does not help see tour physician for a short term prescription sleeping aid ...Read more

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Whenever I run for at least a kilometre, I get these really weird shivers followed by my body shutting down and feeling really cold. What is this?

Whenever I run for at least a kilometre, I get these really weird shivers followed by my body shutting down and feeling really cold. What is this?

Possible arrhythemia: This needs to be evaluated by cardiologist. See your PCP for referral, Less likely is a pheochromacytoma (adrenal) or caritid body tumor ...Read more

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Why do I get anxiety when I'm getting tired? It's as if when ever I get tired, I mistake it for my body shutting down and I'm about to die or somethin

Why do I get anxiety when I'm getting tired? It's as if when ever I get tired, I mistake it for my body shutting down and I'm about to die or somethin

Keeping thoughts: Keeping thoughts and feelings in check is difficult when we are tired. Our psyche can't filter things out as easily. I see that you deal w/adhd also. This adds to the situation. Many people are sleep deprived today. Please stick w/your doc and do what you can to get lots of sleep, . Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My dad 91 in pain nauseated at times has the urge to urinate can't won't eat or drink agitated confused dimentia. Body shutting down?

My dad 91 in pain nauseated at times has the urge to urinate can't won't eat or drink agitated confused dimentia. Body shutting down?

Challenge & Reward!: By any reckoning 91 years is a long life. You don't mention if he lives alone, with you or in a facility. I imagine someone is providing some level of care. Hopefully he has a doctor who can evaluate and prescribe for his conditions. It might be time to have dad seen and perhaps consider enhancing the level of care. Seek whatever support you can for both him and those providing care. Thank you! ...Read more

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How to know when a cancer patient's body is shutting down?

Many ways: Very commonly organ failure will be a big clue - marrow failure, liver failure, respiratory failure, etcetera. Prior to any of these things setting in, it is very important to have end of life discussions and understand a person's wishes with regard to resuscitation, living will, healthcare surrogate, spiritual wishes, etc. ...Read more

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How to determine when a cancer patient's body is shutting down?

How to determine when a cancer patient's body is shutting down?

Global decline: Unfortunately nothing specific but notable decline in activity. Sometimes increase sleeping, unable to care for self. Increasing pain like symptoms. Extreme fatigue and weakness. Less communicative.
Of course laboratory assessment can be very telling with abnormalities noted in liver function and kidney function. ...Read more

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Can ovarian cancer cause your intestines to shut down?

Can ovarian cancer cause your intestines to shut down?

Yes.: Many cancers that arise from organs within the abdominal cavity can lead to spread of cancer throughout the lining of the abdominal cavity, called carcinomatosis. This can lead to intestinal obstruction, effectively causing the intestines to "shut down". These cancers may occasionally be responsive to chemotherapy but are more typically a pre-terminal finding. ...Read more

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What are signs that someones body is shutting down due to stage 4 metastatic breast cancer?

What are signs that someones body is shutting down due to stage 4 metastatic breast cancer?

It varies: Advanced cancers lead to increasing impairment of mobility due to weakness, loss of weight or organ failure. Your doctor can help you more by checking the patient. And the reports of their burden of cancer. Anyone who is eating well and fully mobile, is not close to 'shuting down'. ...Read more

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Stage 4 cancer that has mets to brain, lungs, adrenal gland and now liver, cause bowels to shut down? If so what are the signs that it is happening?

Stage 4 cancer that has mets to brain, lungs, adrenal gland and now liver, cause bowels to shut down? If so what are the signs that it is happening?

It depends on so man: Bowel obstruction can occur in any advanced abdominal cancer. If the bowels are compromised by tumor they can close/obstruct. It is not difficult to tell when that happens because no food will pass through them. As a result patients become constipated/obstipated and have increasing pain in the abdomen and are unable to eat and drink due to persistent nausea and vomiting. The belly swells up also. ...Read more

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Sometimes my body shows below normal temperature (97*f).Can it be a symptom for any abnormality or cancer or low immunity?

Sometimes my body shows below normal temperature (97*f).Can it be a symptom for any abnormality or cancer or low immunity?

No: Probably nothing except for the thermometer.
If you were really hypothermic, you would know it.
That being said, in infants or the elderly, low temp can be seen with infections and illness. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of your prostate going bad or devoloping cancer? Can lower back pains u feel inside your body be one?

What are some symptoms of your prostate going bad or devoloping cancer? Can lower back pains u feel inside your body be one?

Prostate: Prostate cancer has essentially no symptoms until it is very advanced. It does not occur in your age group. One condition that does occur frequently in your age group is prostatitis. It causes a variety of sensations and often does cause discomfort in the very low back. See your physician if you are concerned. ...Read more

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Might any of the symptoms suggesting prostate cancer be a sign of something else in your body?

Might any of the symptoms suggesting prostate cancer be a sign of something else in your body?

Frankly,: Bladder outlet obstruction is more common in benign prostatic hypertrophy than cancer, and prosca can be silent. No family hx, no symptoms, many advise steering away from psa screening due to over diagnoisis and harms from rx, but identifying curable prosca at an early stage is a reason to be checked. ...Read more

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If the mind is convinced they have a serious physical illness, like cancer, will the body mimic the symptoms?

If the mind is convinced they have a serious physical illness, like cancer, will the body mimic the symptoms?

Could be: That's a really interesting question. I have seen people with false pregnancy (pseudocyesis) -- both men and women. The body is an amazing thing, and so is the mind. If physical illnesses can be manifested like this I don't imagine it could be consciously. . . I have known colleagues who studied certain illnesses, develop those those illnesses and die. I cannot explain this in rational terms. ...Read more

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True people with ocd/fear of death and severs tress can manifest symptoms in the body? I'm 34 and think that all ailments are gonna result in cancer

Yes: It is possible for ocd anxiety even without severe stress to cause physical symptoms sometimes referred to as a somatoform disorder in dsm-iv. I still have to complete my reading of dsm-v to find out call somatoform disorder has been divided up and reclassified. Just some fun holiday reading for my christmas vacation. Have a happy and blessed holiday season. ...Read more

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Hi am wanting to know if anyone has colon cancer when will the symptoms start showing up and will start affecting the body. Is colon cancer treatable!

Hi am wanting to know if anyone has colon cancer when will the symptoms start showing up and will start affecting the body. Is colon cancer treatable!

It is treatable. ..: At all stages, though obviously more difficult the wide spread the disease. But colon can may not have any symptoms early on in the disease. That's why we do screening colonoscopies to help pick up concerning lesions as early as possible. Otherwise early symptoms are usually hidden blood in your stool then obvious blood. Obstruction can happen later on too. ...Read more

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Could my back pain be cancer? It radiates down both sides of my body (at different times) from my shoulder blades 2 my toes, it flares at night mostly

Could my back pain be cancer? It radiates down both sides of my body (at different times) from my shoulder blades 2 my toes, it flares at night mostly

Indefinite likely no: Best to evaluate via specialist: neurology exam for the origin of the referred pain, which may be related to a number of conditions, both benign or not. May need your primary doc with your blood test in consult with a neurologists and may require imaging. Recent trauma or surgery may be important as well as some blood exam for abnormalities. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bone cancer, from spread of prostate cancer. Pain in lower body bone, or upper and lower body bone? What would be 1st sign?

What are the symptoms of bone cancer, from spread of prostate cancer. Pain in lower body bone, or upper and lower body bone? What would be 1st sign?

Prostate cancer: Prostate cancer that has spread often metastasizes to bones especially backbone. As part of evaluation for high grade prostate cancer, your urologist or oncologist may recommend bone scan to look for evidence of spread before you develop pain. If you're already having bone pain, regardless of site, go see your doc immediately. Good luck! ...Read more

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HPV tends to be a life long infection, like HSV, even if the body clears symptoms. Is this true for cancer-associated strains as well? Or just warts?

HPV tends to be a life long infection, like HSV, even if the body clears symptoms. Is this true for cancer-associated strains as well? Or just warts?

HPV: There are certain strains of HPV that cause cancer, they don't cause warts though. You need to keep up on annual PAP smears to monitor for that. HSV doesn't cause cancer. If you need anything else like prescriptions or anything else feel feel to perform Virtual Consults with me in the future. Hope that helps ...Read more

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What are the symptoms if prostate cancer has spread in your body? Do you feel pain in other parts of the body or organs? I feel pain in my legs&knees?

What are the symptoms if prostate cancer has spread in your body? Do you feel pain in other parts of the body or organs? I feel pain in my legs&knees?

Pain: If prostate cancer spreads, it usually goes to the bone so naturally you would have worsening bone pain. That being said, someone your age is not likely to have prostate cancer (although it can happen). I suggest you visit your local doc and let him evaluate you properly. Best to you. ...Read more

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My dad has brain cancer and for the past 3 weeks he's had a flaking rash on his face he said it hurts and burns and its going all the way down his body?

My dad has brain cancer and for the past 3 weeks he's had a flaking rash on his face he said it hurts and burns and its going all the way down his body?

May be drug reaction: May be due to reaction to the medication, call and alert his doctor and make appointment to see. ...Read more

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I had 28 treatments of radiation on the brain for a benign tumor. Can it cause cancer else where in the body down the road?

I had 28 treatments of radiation on the brain for a benign tumor. Can it cause cancer else where in the body down the road?

Narrowing of the: Field of exposure with radiation treatment is done to minimize the risk of side effects of treatment. Yes there is increased risk of thyroid tumors, other brain tumors and brain infarcts (stroke). You should review your situation with the doctors (radiation oncologist especially) Each situation requires weighing the potential risks vs benefits. ...Read more

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Do you think a body is able to do any nightly repair with only 4-5 hours of sleep? Read that Epstein Barr virus can induce cancer. Would a person have to show symptoms of E. Barr or could it be silent and immune system not catch it /still do harm?

Do you think a body is able to do any nightly repair with only 4-5 hours of sleep? Read that Epstein Barr virus can induce cancer. Would a person have to show symptoms of E. Barr or could it be silent and immune system not catch it /still do harm?

Stop worrying: I will leave the question about sleep to others or your own observations. Most people have met Epsrein-Barr and do not have symptoms. It produces a few very rare cancers in healthy folks and some of the distinct quasi-cancers in the immuncompromised. There is a huge amount of scare / rubbish stuff about it online. There is nothing you can do about it, so get on with your life and try to be happy. ...Read more