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How do cancer patients know when the end is near?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
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In brief: Many well

Intentioned care providers withhold information, offer more treament, and don't come clean about the fact that: losing weight, not eating; having no appetite; spending increasing to all one's time in bed or chair signal approaching end.
Inability to control bowels and blader and losing consciousness can occur before breathing ceases. Invite palliative care in early ...Before the end is near.

In brief: Many well

Intentioned care providers withhold information, offer more treament, and don't come clean about the fact that: losing weight, not eating; having no appetite; spending increasing to all one's time in bed or chair signal approaching end.
Inability to control bowels and blader and losing consciousness can occur before breathing ceases. Invite palliative care in early ...Before the end is near.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Martin Raff
Unfortunately many health care professionals are uncomfortable with death, despite the fact that it happens to all of us. This often precludes meaningful discussions with patients
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology

In brief: They usually do not

It is notoriously difficult to predict terminal events.
Patients are not likely to have any more insight than care givers.

In brief: They usually do not

It is notoriously difficult to predict terminal events.
Patients are not likely to have any more insight than care givers.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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