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What to expect in the final stages of brain cancer (metastasis)?

Postby delsy » Sat Aug 13, 2011 7:01 am

my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer in her lungs, hips, spine, liver, esophagus, stomach, scapula, and brain. she was given two weeks to live as of 10 days ago. she is home with hospice, and has signed a living will. she has had no food or water in the past 5 days. she is on pain medicines for pain, but i was wondering what is to come. i don't think it can be much worse that it's already been. what can i do be more prepared?? what will be the next stage, and what do i look for to know when her time here with us is getting close to the end?
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Postby shandy » Sat Aug 13, 2011 7:05 am

sounds like the angels will be coming for her soon...
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Postby corley39 » Sat Aug 13, 2011 7:11 am

Its hard to tell exactly what's going to shut down
first - that depends on where the mets end up.

If you haven't already seen incontinence, etc, you
may. You might see significant pain despite the
meds, but it is HIGHLY unlikely.

She'll probably slip into unconsciousness, then start
to breath irregularly, then breath rarely (like once every
30 seconds) ... and then stop breathing.

From unconsciousness to death took my mother
about 14 hours.

Talk to the hospice people - they probably have
pamphlets that will be more specific.

I know that this will sound hollow, but you've
already lived through the bad part...

If she's conscious, or even if she isn't, just spend time
with her. Watch movies or read to her or lie down next
to her and be with her.

There are a lot of questions about cancer, but at this
stage, you're into something the body knows how to do.
It knows how to die, and from your Grandmother's
point of view, it isn't that frightening.

Its sad, but, you're with her and that is what counts.
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Postby cedric52 » Sat Aug 13, 2011 7:22 am

I have taken care of numerous people that are dying from cancer. Most that quit food and water were gone in the latest 11 days, some only lasted for 5 or 6 days. Just be there and read to her from the Bible or even a Readers Digest, hold her hand and do no display emotions of sorrow in her presence or discuss her condition where she can hear you. She may pop out for a few minutes and think she is at a party or talk to long ago husband or her mother. Her breathing will become shallow, her knees will be mottled, the whites of her eyes will begin to turn a beige color, she will likely become comatose prior to death, you can tell this by shining a light in her eyes and see if the pupils react, if they don't she is near. It is hard to let go of love but remember she is no longer suffering and in a better place. you should swab her mouth with some toothettes, the nurse will give these to you. You can also put a bit of water in her mouth by sticking a straw in water and putting you finger over it and letting it out a bit at a time---her mouth will be very dry and this will make her feel a bit better. Remember the good and fun times.
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Postby bartleah » Sat Aug 13, 2011 7:24 am

I am so sad about your grandmother, its a pity that she has to undergo what she is doing right now. Just pray to god and be with her and thats all we could do to her at this stage. I pray to god to give you the strength to overcome the difficulties you are facing.
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Postby marleigh » Sat Aug 13, 2011 7:27 am

My Mother-in-law has just passed away a few days ago. She also had cancer in all the places you have mentioned. I feel for you and your family. You will notice her breathing becoming shallower and time between breaths to be longer. she will gasp for air just prior to her transition into the next plane of exsistance. Just know that she is going to be fine and out of pain. At the time of death the people she knew may see her appear or they may have the feeling that something has happened to her. This will be her way of letting you know she made it to the other side.If you are in the room with her it helps to hold her hand and tell her iits o.k. to go. Sometimes people will hang longer than is neccessary. Tell her to go to the light above her head and the angels will take care of the rest. Pray for her to have a happy journey. God Bless you and your family.
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Postby kenan » Sat Aug 13, 2011 7:35 am

I lost both grandparents to cancer. Brain Cancer was the final straw. You might notice that she seems 100 % healthy right before she goes. If she is strong enough to speak, she will have moments of clarity. If that happens, know that the end if definitely near. Both my grandparents were able to tell stories when we were all younger. It's not fair, but I went though it twice.

My father was just diagnosed with Stage IV Renal Cell Carcinoma (Kidney Cancer). I don't want to go through it again, but unfortunately that time will come.

Good luck to you. You have already started the first parts of the healing process. Be sure that you tell her how much you love her. It will also help her let go as well.

God bless you and your family.
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