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Colon Cancer

What Can I Expect in the Final Stages

12/02/2009

Question:

My mother in law is now with us and has stage 4 colon cancer Her doctor said a few weeks or a few months. It has been 3 months. What can I expect to happen at the "end". I have noticed that she is burping constantly and very weak. She is still eating and although not a big amount, does not seem to have lost her appetite. Her hair is thinning and she weighs about 90 pounds from 127 (2 years ago).

Answer:

As the cancer progresses, the patient typically coninues losing weight, appetite and stamina. There may pain and discomfort as well. At this time, hospice should be involved in her care for help with maximiazing comfort and palliation.

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Tanios   Bekaii-Saab, MD Tanios Bekaii-Saab, MD
Assistant Professor of Medical Oncology
Associate Professor of Pharmacology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University