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How to know when do symptoms of terminal cancer start to show?

How to know when do symptoms of terminal cancer start to show?

Varies: It depends on a variety of factors including overall health, treatment options available (including chemotherapy, radiation, etc.) and if being pursued or not. Symptoms could be from treatments or from the cancer or both. Some might start within days of diagnosis, some months, and others years with "terminal" cancer. For symptom likelihood/timing ask your oncologist or palliative care teams. ...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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What are signs / symptoms we should expect as death approaches due to terminal cancer (lymphoma) what does fuzzy sight n burning feeling in face mean?

What are signs / symptoms we should expect as death approaches due to terminal cancer (lymphoma) what does fuzzy sight n burning feeling in face mean?

Seems like cns: Depending on where in the body the lymphoma is located and affectingly things can occur. If the bone marrow is affected then blood counts and immune system will suffer. If brain or spine are affected headaches, vision issues, fatigue can all occur. If other organs r involved like liver or lungs then digestion or breathing can be issue. Mostly extreme fatigue, infection, organ failure are at end. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what would it feel like to have terminal cancer?

Could you tell me what would it feel like to have terminal cancer?

Depends on the type: Of cancer. Common symptoms are pain, weakness, depression, loss of apetite despite losing weight, swelling at the site of the tumor, may be nausea, vomiting diarrhea, paralysis, difficulty breathing and lack of sleep etc. See this site for more info.

http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/17060255. ...Read more

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What are their any grants out there for people with terminal cancer?

What are their any grants out there for people with terminal cancer?

You mean economic...: ...assistance? It will depend on your situation and where you live at. Your local American Cancer Society or even local oncologist office will know better what's available in your city and state. ...Read more

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Our friend has been told he has terminal cancer. What can we expect?

Our friend has been told he has terminal cancer. What can we expect?

Sorry 2 hear: If he/she is truly terminal, your friend will die. I'm not trying to be funny as this is a very sad situation, but the process of dying varies a lot depending on the cancer, the organs involved, and the patient's general health. Your friend needs companionship without smothering and needs someone who will stand by him/her even if they take a treatment course you disagree with. God bless. ...Read more

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Can there be any possible way someone can live through terminal cancer?

Can there be any possible way someone can live through terminal cancer?

Always hope: Different cancers often have very different survival rates. The type of cancer and it's stage have a strong influence on survival. Though some cancers, such as pancreatic cancer, have very small 5 year survival rates... there are still some survivors. I do not know of any cancer that is 100% fatal. I don't want to give unrealistic expectations, but it can be good to know survival is possible. ...Read more

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How harmful for your health is non terminal cancer in comparison to terminal?

How harmful for your health is non terminal cancer in comparison to terminal?

Terminal = death...: If a person's disease (cancer) is described by a healthcare professional as being "terminal", that means that the person would be expected to die from his/her disease. A "non terminal" cancer is one in which death from disease is not predicted. ...Read more

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How do people with terminal cancer go about day-to-day life with all the pain?

How do people with terminal cancer go about day-to-day life with all the pain?

Pain control: The doctor who following the patient should give the pain control medicine so they don, t suffer from pain. ...Read more

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For what length of time do people with grade 4 terminal cancer have left to live?

For what length of time do people with grade 4 terminal cancer have left to live?

Ask his/her doctor: Depends on many factors, including type of stage 4 cancer, current overall health, functional status, ongoing palliative treatments including palliative chemotherapy, and so on. His/her doctors (including a hospice or palliative doctor) could give an average estimate and tell you how likely that estimate would apply to that person's situation. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to have terminal cancer? How can you help a loved one with this condition?

What does it feel like to have terminal cancer? How can you help a loved one with this condition?

Emotional support: True terminal cancer is unrelated to the size of a tumor. Rather byproducts such as tumor necrosis factor cause symptoms of anorexia and cachexia with muscle loss and inability to function. End organ failure ensues with liver and kidney function rapidly diminishing causing inability to ambulate properly. This is seen in metastatic pancreatic cancer and advanced metastatic lesions to liver ...Read more

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Is an angiosarcoma a terminal cancer?

Is an angiosarcoma a terminal cancer?

Prognosis is poor.: Angiosarcomas are very rare and aggressive cancers that spread early. 70% of patients die within 5 years of diagnosis. The tumors are made out of newly-formed blood vessels and stimulated to grow by vegf. New biologic therapies, called monoclonal antibodies, are being developed to target these cancerous blood vessels. Not much is know about these tumors due to their rarity. ...Read more

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Can docs explain what does 'terminal cancer' mean?

Can docs explain what does 'terminal cancer' mean?

Yes: It depend to type and stage of cancer and no response to treatment. So it means no way to save the patient ...Read more

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How can I explain death to my daughter who has a terminal cancer?

How can I explain death to my daughter who has a terminal cancer?

Get help: Assuming your daughter is being treated by a pediatric oncologist, most programs have many specialists to help with this very hard situation. Social workers can be of great help, and child psychologists and palliative care specialists are additional useful resources (in addition to your daughter's oncologist). There is no reason to do this alone. ...Read more

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What are some foods that taste good for terminal cancer patients?

What are some foods that taste good for terminal cancer patients?

It is by trial and e: Ask the patient and try what is appealing and they wish to eat. It is often by trial and error. But in general starches, pastas and ice creams taste good, yogurt and ice cream are particularly nutritious and should be offered liberally. ...Read more

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What happens if doctors gave you 2 years to live from terminal cancer, how would you spend those years?

What happens if doctors gave you 2 years to live from terminal cancer, how would you spend those years?

An opinion: First of all, doctors can often be incorrect on their predictions. Second, if time is short for you, from a practical standpoint, I recommend tying up loose ends such as financial and legal. Most importantly, spend time with those you love and try to enjoy the fun things in life. Throughout this, I recommend receiving medical treatments that allow you to maintain a high quality of life. Take care. ...Read more

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What are the disadvantages and advantages to terminal cancer patients using morphine to manage pain?

What are the disadvantages and advantages to terminal cancer patients using morphine to manage pain?

Many: Every patient responds to different opioids differently. Opioids also treat different types of pain with various levels of success, so would check with his/her doctor to see how well might work for the type of pain being treated (bone pain, visceral pain, neuropathic pain, etc.). Common pros are excellent pain relief for common pain syndromes; cons: constipation, temporary nausea, and more. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if aspirin is taken during terminal cancer pains?

No: When patients develop metastatc cancer or some form of advanced cancer requiring pain control, analgesics like Aspirin or Tylenol (acetaminophen) offer little if any benefit.
It general dilaudid, or a morphine derivative is required. Sometimes localized pain can be obtained by using electrostimulation with a TENS pad or an anesthetic nerve block. ...Read more

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Is it important to treat depression in people with terminal cancer?

Is it important to treat depression in people with terminal cancer?

Absolutely: Depression reduces quality of life. In patients with terminal cancer quality is very important and depression should be treated to help improve quality of life. ...Read more

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Does anyone know of a good medicine for sedating a terminal cancer patient?

Does anyone know of a good medicine for sedating a terminal cancer patient?

Combinations: Terminal cancer patients who need sedation usually are prescribed combinations of benzodiazepines (such as lorazepam) and narcotics (such as morphine). These tend to work well. There are other choices. ...Read more