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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

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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How can a terminally ill cancer patient survive without eating? For how long?

How can a terminally ill cancer patient survive without eating? For how long?

Cancer and survival: There are many metabolic things that happen as we begin the last stage of our lives. There are factors that are produced that result in cachexia, which essentially does not allow nutrients to be processed. At the same time, with lack of nutrition the body redistributes nutrients to just essential life-maintaining functions, thereby decreasing the amount of calories needed to survive. ...Read more

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What is the best way that you have found to offer comfort 4 family members of a terminally ill cancer patient?

What is the best way that you have found to offer comfort 4 family members of a terminally ill cancer patient?

Concrete offers: Make specific offers, like "i'm bringing a meal over this week; what night is best?" offer to update their friends via email/phone so they can spend time with their dying loved one. Mow their lawn, take their dog for a walk, pick up groceries or dry-cleaning, do the laundry...And just be available as a friend. ...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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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

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Can you please tell me about guidelines for physicians for advising a patient that is cancer is terminal?

Serious ilness: I suggest you check out the center to advance palliative care, the national hospice and palliative care organization, the american cancer society, etc. Capc has a great youtube channel if you prefer video to printed materials. ...Read more

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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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In most cases of cancers, do patients present with almost all the symptoms associated with the cancer?

No: Most patients have only a few symptoms and signs. It depends on the type of tumor, stage of tumor, age of the person, location of the primary tumor etc. See this site for more info. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancerbasics/signs-and-symptoms-of-cancer ...Read more

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Can you please tell me what are are the symptoms for pancreas cancer and if the patient is diabete?

Can you please tell me what are are the symptoms for pancreas cancer and if the patient is diabete?

Varies...: From no symptoms at all (pancreas is in a clinically quiet part of the body) to pain (dull, achy, persistent, boring into back), itch, jaundice (yellow skin, eyes), diarrhea, weight loss, blood clots, new onset diabetes, other. Can depend on location of the tumor, extent of the tumor. Can have extensive disease before any symptoms might show. May or not be diabetes. Bad disease. ...Read more

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What can low platlet count mean in a advanced / terminal cancer patient. ?

What can low platlet count mean in a advanced / terminal cancer patient. ?

It depends on many f: There are many interpretations to your question. If you can tell us two items: What type of Cancer does the patient have? What is the complete blood counts report including Hb, WBC and Platelet count. Platelet counts can be low yet quite safe unless the count is dropping below 50, 000. There is some risk of excessive bleeding once the platelet count is below 20,000.If the patient is terminal, noth ...Read more

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