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pallative care was posted 02/24/2015 09:29 pm by Anonymous
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Whatever your dad's decision, make sure a palliative care doctor is part of his team. Palliative doctors will help make sure that his symptoms are cared for. It's about keeping him comfortable so he can enjoy the remaining time. Do not wait to have that conversation.

Truthfully, many patients do better (live longer and with a better quality of life) on palliative care than those in treatments. I think that a patient's age, previous medical conditions and wishes all have to be considered when determine what treatment (if any) is appropriate.

I've been through chemo at 1/2 his age and I can't imagine doing it at that at his age. But, it needs to be his decision. It the tumor is small, as mentioned, then he may be around for longer than you were told or think. Often in the elderly, some cancers can be very slow growers because of age.

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