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What are the symptoms of late-stage cancer?

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PT Health Life – When diagnosed with cancer, patients are often very worried, wondering if the cancer is in the final stage? How does cancer manifest in the final stages?

In fact, depending on each patient and each type of cancer , each disease has different symptoms. However, in general, the bodies of end-stage cancer patients often face a state of fatigue and lack of energy.

Some patients feel so weak that they cannot do daily activities such as getting dressed or going to the toilet.

Therefore, late-stage cancer treatments mainly focus on slowing down tumor growth, minimizing symptoms, contributing to limiting pain, and helping patients feel more comfortable. comfortable as well as continue to prolong life.

Below are some symptoms that end-stage cancer patients often experience:

Treatment for late-stage cancer mainly focuses on slowing tumor growth and minimizing symptoms.

1. Symptoms of anorexia, poor appetite, bitter mouth…

Side effects of radiotherapy, chemotherapy or the use of painkillers and antidepressants also cause a feeling of bitterness and dry mouth , and a feeling of dehydration in people with advanced cancer. last paragraph.

In addition, anorexia and poor appetite also appear, causing the absorption of nutrients to be limited, causing physical weakness.

2. Constipation appears

This is also a common symptom of late-stage cancer, typically in patients with colorectal cancer .

This sign is because the patient shows signs of poor appetite, the body lacks the necessary amount of fiber, drinks less water, and is less active; At the same time, it is also due to the influence of treatment drugs. In addition, weakened abdominal and pelvic floor muscles also reduce the digestive capacity of the intestines.

3. Signs of fatigue

When suffering from late-stage cancer, the patient’s body is often in a state of fatigue, even though they have not had heavy activities or were previously healthy. Physical weakness leads to rapid weight loss and muscle loss.

4. Symptoms of difficulty breathing

This is a common sign when cancer is in its final stages. Patients experience wheezing, chest tightness, respiratory failure, and bronchial obstruction.

Symptoms of thinness and rapid weight loss

Thinness and rapid weight loss are also common and easily recognizable symptoms in end-stage cancer patients. This is a symptom caused by a combination of weight loss and reduced muscle mass that the patient must face. There are many types of cancer that cause this symptom such as stomach cancer , esophageal cancer, pancreatic cancer, lung cancer,…

5. Nausea and vomiting appear

Vomiting and nausea are also symptoms that people with late-stage cancer often experience. This may be because the tumor has metastasized to the stomach, leading to bloating and indigestion, or the tumor is large enough to cause intestinal obstruction; Side effects of treatments are radiotherapy, chemotherapy;…

In addition, end-stage cancer patients may also face a number of other symptoms such as sleeping a lot, staying asleep, and difficulty waking up while sleeping; cold feet, soles of feet, palms of hands, and arms; frequent urination due to loss of bladder control; limited ability to talk and concentrate; loss of consciousness;…

People with late-stage cancer often feel tired and exhausted.

6. What should you do if you have late-stage cancer? Can late-stage cancer be cured?

  • For people with cancer

Most people with cancer often worry about whether the final stage can be cured? In fact, the prognosis for cancer patients depends on many factors, of which disease stage is one of the decisive factors. In general, the prognosis for patients with late-stage cancer is quite conservative.

However, not everyone with terminal cancer faces a “death sentence”. People with late-stage cancer need to have the will to fight the disease with an optimistic and relaxed spirit, combined with a reasonable diet and appropriate drugs and supportive foods to help improve their health. Effective treatment, prolonging life.

The most important thing for effective treatment is that the patient must maintain a stable mentality, comply with the doctor’s treatment methods, change their lifestyle in a positive direction, exercise regularly and maintain a diet. science.

  • For relatives

The patient is physically tired and in pain, but also mentally affected with negative psychology, despair, and depression, so it is very necessary for relatives to be by their side and encourage the patient not to give up.

Relatives are a strong spiritual support for the patient, so always stay by the patient’s side at this time, share their feelings, encourage and encourage them to keep trying instead of giving up.

Regarding nutrition and daily living activities: Relatives need to pay attention to nutrition to help patients improve their health. Be sure to supplement your daily menu with all the necessary nutrients, have a variety of foods, and cook dishes that are soft, easy to chew and swallow.

Along with that, always care about and help patients in their daily activities. Because at that time, the patient’s activities, even just walking and personal hygiene, will become more difficult as their health has weakened much.

Relatives can refer to some measures to help cancer patients feel more comfortable and contribute to reducing pain as follows:

+ Use pillows and cushions that are soft, suitable and comfortable for the patient when they lie or sit. At the same time, also help the patient change position regularly.

+ Support them to raise their head or turn their body to a side that helps them breathe easier.

+ Change bed sheets at least twice a week or if necessary, change more frequently.

+ Gently massage the patient’s body, rub their arms and legs.

Summary: When cancer progresses to the metastatic stage, treatment mainly helps the patient feel most comfortable and continues to prolong life. During this process, relatives should listen to the patient’s wishes and goals and respect and meet their wishes regarding treatment.

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