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Is having Alzheimer's similar to living with cancer?

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Dr. Ladislav Volicer
Psychiatry - Geriatric
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive loss of cognitive abilities and function while with most cancers, the person can function well until shortly before death.

In brief: No

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive loss of cognitive abilities and function while with most cancers, the person can function well until shortly before death.
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes, somewhat.

These can be similar because both can be progressive, and both can result in permanent deficits.
Alzheimer's starts slowly, but as it continues, family members notice clear deficits in daily organization of things like finances, etc., to the point where they cannot recognize family members. Certain cancers, like pancreatic cancer, can start with jaundice and progress to pain and weight loss.

In brief: Yes, somewhat.

These can be similar because both can be progressive, and both can result in permanent deficits.
Alzheimer's starts slowly, but as it continues, family members notice clear deficits in daily organization of things like finances, etc., to the point where they cannot recognize family members. Certain cancers, like pancreatic cancer, can start with jaundice and progress to pain and weight loss.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Dr. Joseph Woods
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