• When does one opt for Palliative care?

    Asked by Jade on Thursday, December 20, 2012

    When does one opt for Palliative care?

    Nothing seems to be working to get the ovarian cancer under control. I have been through two rounds of chemo and my CA125 counts shot up through the roof after or during both of them. I am just tired now and the doctors said if I did not respond to the first two chemo regimens, then with only a 10% chance of a third regimen working, I should consider palliative care. I am really tired and getting very little nutrition as I am throwing up all the time now (3 or 4 times a day)... using patches or suppositories to control pain and supposedly nausea.
    My question is somewhat complex as I would also like to know what to expect with palliative care. How does one actually die from a cancer that has taken over their abdomen and the lower lobes of their lungs?

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    • Harry's Avatar

      Maybe you should speak to @carm about this. I believe she has worked in this area as a nurse.

      As I understand it, palliative care is about making you as comfortable and pain-free as possible. No treatment is involved. You are essentially resigning yourself to death and trying to achieve death with dignity.

      As many here know, I am all for fighting with all you have. But, I recognize that, sometimes, death is not unwelcome. This is a decision only you can make. Talk to your family and to your caregivers about your needs and experiences. Can treatment offer real hope?

      I wish I could offer more. Maybe someone else will help.

      almost 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      Sounds like you're in a tough spot. The website below discusses palliative care in great detail. I hope it answers some questions you may have.


      almost 4 years ago
    • grannys' Avatar

      My husband went into Hospice care after the doctors done tests and found that his cancer had spread to his bladder, pelvis, lungs and brain. Then there was no more treatment given, just comfort care.

      almost 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Jade, You ask a great question but one that deserves to be answered with dignity and privacy. I am an oncology/end of life nurse who specializes in gyne cancers. I will send you my private email and if you wish to contact me for more information you can do so at any time, Carm.

      P.S. Thanks Harry for that vote of confidence.

      almost 4 years ago
    • carter4's Avatar

      My Mother had similar situation - Hospice House was the best thing ever. She went peacefully with me by her side. I told my sister to make sure they do the same for me.

      almost 4 years ago

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