sithon: Metastisis to the bones? Not good. It means the cancer is seating all over his body. chemo and radiation therapy is all I can think of that might help.
Staffist: Charter a jet and take him on a trip to the places he's always wanted to see.
ginandbacon: Morphine and good hospice care. Sorry for your friend, Subby.
CPT Ethanolic: ginandbacon: Morphine and good hospice care. Sorry for your friend, Subby.If the liver is jacked up, they will limit (extremely) the amount of morphine allowed because you need the liver to metabolize it. We tried to pump my brother full of morphine while he was dying, but they wouldn't give us enough to really knock him out.
ginandbacon: Well that sucks. What can you do for people in end stage liver cancer? Is there any palliative care that works?
CPT Ethanolic: ginandbacon: Well that sucks. What can you do for people in end stage liver cancer? Is there any palliative care that works? Once they are admitted to hospice there most likely will not be an autopsy. You're free to invent your own methods of pain control and possibly euthanasia at that point. Me personally? I would be taking up a heroin habit. Easy to get and quite effective.
CPT Ethanolic: sithon: Metastisis to the bones? Not good. It means the cancer is seating all over his body. chemo and radiation therapy is all I can think of that might help.Once it's in the liver and bones it will probably be in the lymph as well. Screw chemo, just live happy for as long as possible.
rosekolodny: My FIL passed away last year and I was not super impressed with the family members who decided that since travel is expensive, they would make it out for the funeral but not the bedside hand-holding in hospice. I would gently (like with a big stick or something) remind all of your friend's loved ones that if they're strapped for cash and only going to travel once, it's way more important to visit with the guy while he lives and breathes than to make it to the funeral.
TsuDohNim: Google Phoenix Tears. Apparently cannabis oil high in CBDs has shown some promise against certain types of cancer. What have you got to lose?Here's the story of one Stage 4 liver patient who is surviving so far: http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com/ed-crushing-stage-four-liver-cancer-wi t h-cannabis-oil/
SecretAgentWoman: I'm with the fark you all, get the drugs that work legally or illegally. Not really worried about addiction at this point.Make a bucket list. Do as many as you can.Party a lot.Hook up with old friends and relatives.Make some recordings of whatever - can he sing? Dance? Tell stories? Just reminisce? :)Get his friends and relatives to talk about the good times, too.
Duck_of_Doom: My sympathy to you Subby. My mom died 2 weeks ago from lung cancer. Cancer sucks hard.Aside from the advice others said, see to it that he has his estate in order while he still has a mind for things. If he has family, make sure they know his wishes regarding end of life care: resuscitation, intubation, feed tube. Sign up for hospice, and see what the options are for home care/cancer support/in facility. Get his bills itemized (credit cards, mortgage, insurances), so you have an idea for afterwards. Even things like passwords to online accounts and e-mail should be written down or known by family - ditto for social security number (for funeral home). Go over his wishes for after his passing: what sort of memorial service (religious, what church/whatever), what songs to be played at the service, even things like what he wants to be buried in. His family will be overwhelmed by the amount of minutia to deal with. If he has possessions he wants others to have, and if it doesn't interfere with probate, have him give while alive - again, not sure of the legality of this, so check with a lawyer. Oh yeah, if he has a will or anything, check with a lawyer before passing for general advice on bills.If he is doing home care, get the non-emergency numbers for either ambulance service or fire department - if there is a fall at home and he can't get up/assistants can't get him up. Peapod or other grocery delivery services are good. Some small, local pharmacies will deliver to homes. Some scripts are not carried by major chains (liquid morphine and liquid ativan in my mom's case), so find out the local medical supply or specialty pharmacies - again, these guys will often deliver. Think about what you will need for homecare: shower chair, diapers/butt cream/baby wipes/rubber gloves, a basin for washing up in bed. Let me repeat: rubber gloves! Oh my lord, rubber gloves (get the nitrile or vinyl, not latex imo).If he has pets, make sure they are cared for, and k ...
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