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Terminally Ill Cancer Patients Symptoms
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In most cases of cancers, do patients present with almost all the symptoms associated with the cancer?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Depends on location: The simple answer is that it depends on the location. While this is a gross generalization: right sided cancers present with dark bloody (almost black) called melanotic stools and anemia. Ledr sides rumors typically present with a bowel obstructions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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