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 say you've just been diagnosed with a terminal illnes, what would you do?
ok, say one day you don't feel so good, you black out, and when you wake up you're in a hospital and everyone is looking really serious. then a doctor tells you that xou have a teminal ...

 I had Melanoma, people say it wasnt "real" cancer?
when i was 26yrs old i got diagnosed with stage 2 melanoma. i am free and clear now (over 2 yrs ago). when i say I had melanoma alot of people acta nd/or say it isnt "real cancer" like ...

 Hospice : Are you familiar with it?
My mother has cancer and has been put on hospice. I've been told that once on hospice, the 'end' must be close. Can anyone confirm this? Thanks....

 my mother has 4th stage breasr cancer it spreaded to the liver and bones is it cureable?
she is in pain all the time the doctor has her on morphine patches thats all so i wont to know there nothing they can do but make her ...

 ok my dad past away this summer and i have had some dreams of me geting cancer? What does this Mean? ?
ok in my dream the doctor said i had lung cancer and i will die. i was put threw Kemo in my dream the needles and dye and everything. i was so scary. What can this mean?...

 Hair getting white very early age. Any medicine/therapy/advise to keek that black?

 Does anybody know a person who has cancer or died of cancer?
My mother was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer two years ago. She died on February 11,2009. I know she is not suffering anymore and is resting in peace but I miss her so much. She was only 49 ...

 my boyfriend lied about having cancer?
ok i had dated him for 3 months. it was december wen we started dating and during the beginning of the relationship he told me he had throat cancer and he was going for chemo. he was back at school ...

 HELP IM GONNA DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
srry about the "help im gonna die" it was just so ppl would actually read this!..okay so i have the stomach flu and i cant eat/drink anything besides chicken noodle soup.i would be willing ...

 Does it bother you when you are asked are told"You don't act like a cancer patient"?
I have been told that i don't act like i have cancer and i know others who have been told the same thing. I was wondering if that has ever happened to you, and if so, how does that make you feel?...

 My dad's brother and sister both died of lung cancer in their 20's. will i get it?

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my dad is 62 & smokes like a chimney. he has never had cancer. i am 17 and i don't smoke, never ...

 does 'kills 99.99%' really mean kills 100%?
hey guys

so i asked my mum today why hand sanitizers only kill 99.99% of bacteria. and she said, the most likely do kill 100% but they say 99.99% so if it dosent work for one person, they ...

 What are the causes of Lung Cancer?

 Went for a smear test and worried about the nurse's comments ?
She said i was looking red around the cervix and wasnt sure why. I dont get the results for 4 weeks but cant work out if this is a symptom of something serious....

 my dad has terminal cancer and this will most likely be his last fathers day. what should I get him?
im having a hard time trying to pick the perfect gift, i want to get him something that shows him I love him and that he means alot to me. have any suggestions?...

 Desperate to find an antiperspirant deo that doesn't contain...?
... 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (also known as Bronopol) and also doesn't contain Aluminium. Anyone able to help?...

 This question is for anyone with cancer or has had cancer:?
What is a donation or something that has been done for you that has helped, or what would have helped you?...

 How can it be that there is no cure for Cancer YET?
I mean, one that doesn't also kill the patient.
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Is it so hard to believe that there IS a cure and that it's being kept secret?...

 When you have chemotherapy ?
and your hair falls out . Is it all of your body hair or is it selective to just the hair on your head ?
As I saw a report on Jade Goody with pictures and although she was bald on her head she ...

 can you pray for a miracle for my aunt guadalupe vasquez.?
she has brain cancer. please the doctors said they cannot do anything and we would like your help to pray for a miracle i love her soo much and cancer is so horrible but she is fighting strong i love ...

How can i lift up a cancer patient's spirit ?
specially dat a very nice doctor told us dat he only has 2 years 2 live!!!and please i need 2 know what's the point of tellin a patient these stuff,,i know it's all a matter of statistics but if i were a cancer patient and i heard dat,i wud rather die 2morrow..i really wanna know how 2 inspire a patient,how 2 give him hope,i think spirit has a major role in any kind of disease!!!

Watch Patch Adams with Robin Williams.

robert t
Drs have to tell patients what to expect in order for them to make informed decisions about their care and treatment. Most of the time there are options and people have a right to know what theirs are. Sometimes, especially right at first the best thing you can do is to let the person know that you are there for them, and you intend to be there for them no matter what. And you need to let them cry sometimes. Let them know you will listen and love them if they are scared, laugh with them when their sense of humor kicks in, and not judge them. There's really no magic bullet that will make it easier, but the love and support of people who really care can.

I know exactly where you are comming from friend. I am in the same boat unfortually. I was diagnosed with cancer 3 times already and this is the last time. My oncologist just told me that the cancer has spread threw out by body and i only have 8-23 mts to live. I personally wish he never did that, like the old saying goes what you don't know won't hurt you, it seems like this is the case for you and myself. I know personally its hard to have someone lift your or there spirts, I belong to a relay team and they are trying to be my support, and yes hope is the main and big thing, let him digest what was told to him and let him got threw all the changes there is, like 6 different stages and just be there for your love one as much as possible. have him and a family member join a suport group and see if that helps. I am just talkin from personel experience that i am goin threw right now. I am so sorry also to hear about your sad news and i hope all goes well for all of you and you all will be in my thoughts and prayers also.

It's only an estimate of time; some of my patients have lived years past their prediction of life.
Relay the importance of living life to its fullest and praying hard. Pray for him and reassure him that he's had a great life and has a wonderful family that will love and care for him until the end. Support, support, support and listen! Let him cry, be pissed or whatever it takes.

Get the person to help other people, when you take your eyes off of yourself and your own problems you instantly feel better.

Francesca C
Tell them that they need to prove the doctors wrong, A woman over here in England was suffering from cancer and she raised over a million pounds for charity by doing sporting events, this didn't only increase her time she had with us but also had an effect on future cancer patients. Tell them that they should get out and do what they really want to do, they have been told when their time is up and the rest of us have to keep guessing, therefore a lot of us end up doing not even half of the things we wanted to do because we think we have all the time in the world. It is always possible for that two years to double or even tripple, we just don't know, so tell them they shouldn't waste a minute of that time and do more in those years than the average person does in a lifetime.

Kris L
Tell the person with cancer to GET ANGRY and to FIGHT the cancer with everything s/he has. I was declared 'terminal' and given three months to live when I had cancer ... in 1972. I told my doctor I would dance on his grave and he wouldn't die until he was an extremely elderly old man. I've had cancer again (same kind, also 'primary') ... and THAT was over 20 years ago. YOU CAN SURVIVE CANCER.
Next, tell your friend to 'visualize' his cancer cells as being 'weak and wimpy' and his 'immune cells' as being 'giant warriors in armor.' Tell him to draw them if he wants to ... draw cartoons in which the cancer cells are being 'killed off' by the immune system's cells. He should 'visualize' or draw them EVERY DAY.
Third ... he needs LAUGHTER. Buy him joke books, take him to funny movies, to comedy shows ... keep him laughing. Laughter does help because it actually strengthens the immune system.
Last ... I'm sorry, but a person NEEDS to know they are considered 'terminal.' You can NOT FIGHT something if you don't know you could die from it, but you CAN FIGHT it if you do. What the doctor did was correct ... but YOU can help your friend fight this terrible disease ... and I hope you are in it for 'the long haul' because cancer drives many 'friends' away ... but the ones who 'stick around' are your friend for LIFE.

That's agood Question, I have the same problem with my Mother,
I've tried getting her to watch , her tv show like Little house ,
tv ministry, I've tried Playing dolls , which we've always done ,
my Mother is on hospice & only given 6months, she's so weak she can't walk, I'm planning an early Christmas , because ,I have a feeling she's not going to be here for the real thing.
anyone have any suggetions?

You said a mouth full, spirit has alot to do with it, (Holy Spirit)if you feel doomed you will be doomed, if you feel alive and well you will be alive and well, besides my daddy survived cancer and died of a heart attack, god works in mysterious ways, and he works miraculoulsy in us, pray, bible research can save your friend, not just lift his/her spirits, god is the only one with a time limit on our lives. Joel Osteen has a book called "Your Best Life Now" in his book he proves the miraculous works of the Lord, when his mama was saved of disease, when a doctor gave her no time at all to live, she praticed and preached GOD's word and it saved her, that has been done over and over again in our days, it is FAITH in our good Lord. Good Luck and GOD Bless

tell them the doctor is jus messing with them and maybe they will feel better or give them flowers or spend time with them.

I've personally know of cancer patients who were given so many years or months to live, and they lived four times longer than they were supposed to.

You might help the patient find a cancer support group, where there will be people who can give him hope.

You might talk to him about the fact that none of us know when we are going to die--a healthy person might die before he does.

You might sit down and help him think up a list of all the things in life he loves, and can still enjoy.

Focusing all of his spirit and energy on the things he loves will make him feel positive, and give him reasons to go on living.

Bless you and your patient. I hope this helps.

Debra S
I think knowing how the cancer progresses is better than not knowing you're going to die. Doctors didn't used to tell patients, and they didn't have time to get their affairs in order, or to say good bye to people they loved, or do things they wanted to do.
I think having hope is a great thing. The doctors can't say for sure how long someone has, so you can't believe everything.
Find out what the person would like to do, and then make sure they do it. My sister-in-law has had breast cancer this year, and so what we did is make sure she wasn't alone. She is single, diagnosed with breast cancer 7 months after her father died. She likes to shop, so we did that, and let her stay with us at our house.
Best wishes.

have him do sum fun stuff that always chears me up

Well, think about how you would feel if you just found out you have 2 years to live.....

Then tell him that the Doctors aren't always right.....because they aren't. They give him 2 and he could live 10. Tell him that now is the perfect opportunity to live his life the way that
he always wanted to........to do the things he has always dreamed of doing.

Emmanuel-God is with us!
Love and Laughter is the key............

don't act sad bc he's not dead, if you think about

it we are all aging and dying slowly...........Enjoy each and every moment not only with the dying, but also with the living,

bc tomorrow is not guaranteed for anyone.

oh yeah, doctors are not God, they can give you an estimate, but they are not God.

Keep your head up and smile!

take care

As the previous poster said, watch Patch Adams.
Robn williams is so funny in the movie that the actual cancer patients used in the movie said they never felt so good before.
Look for an upside. 2 years left ot live. you have 2 years to do virtually whatever you want.
if this patient is female I suggest a book called "Why I wore lipstick to my masectomy" the woman in the book swore that she would not let cancer kill her on an emotional level so she did crazy things to show the cancer you can't hurt me.

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