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Life Span Once On Hospice?

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Life Span Once On Hospice?

Postby thor » Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:08 pm

Life span for cancer, especially stage 4 is dependent on a lot of different things.
Your age, overall health, how your body is responding to treatment, your sex, what type it is, how far it's spread, etc.
Typically, from the time lung cancer is diagnosed as stage four, the life span for 5 years is about 50%, after that, it drops down to about 10%.
That doesn't help much, but it at least gives you an idea of where a person would be given a certain situation.
If they've been dealing with the cancer for 5 years or more, then the outlook is sadly very grim.
If they've only been recently diagnosed, then at least statistically speaking, their outlook is much brighter.

I've linked a couple articles.
Normal I link medical journals, institutes, etc.
But I thought these boil down the topic pretty decently, at least as far as understanding life expectancy goes.
Of course, if you want more, then just follow some of the links, or start searching some of the terms in the articles. http://www.buzzle.com/articles/stage4-ca... http://lungcancer.about.com/od/whatislun...
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Life Span Once On Hospice?

Postby fridgeir » Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:41 pm

I am an RN and have worked in oncology.
I believe what you are asking is if hospice care will prolong/shorten your lifespan.
The answer is no.
You have a very serious disease process happening in your body.
No one can predict how long any person will live.
Dr.'s usually give you time based on months but they have been wrong.
Hospice care is not in the business of extending or ending life.
It is a celebration of life and bringing comfort and dignity to a person who is nearing the end of life and offering the same to the person's family.
In dealing with my hospice patients my goals are to keep the person as comfortable and pain free as is possible, encouraging family interaction and advocating for my patients wishes.
I pray for you my friend that you will find the care and comfort you and your family need during this time.
Hospice care is your friend.
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