Is the death from lung cancer painful for the ill person? What are the perceptions and states at this stage? Are there signs that signal about the coming death? Just want to know in order to be on alert at the right time because of my parent's disease.
The symptoms and the severity of symptoms would tend to vary based on involved areas. For patients with lung cancer, difficult breathing and cough is pretty common. When there is significant breathlessness along with declines in level of consciousness (moments of incoherence, confusion, stupor), these may mean an increased risk for death within the next 30 days. Of course, poor appetite and hence a low blood sugar may also account for such symptoms, so pay attention to nutrition. A visit to your doctor may also help evaluate if the symptoms may be reversible or not.
Pain shouldn’t be feared as there are strong medications that are available. Pain may be related to invasion of nerves along the chest, or to pain in the bones (from metastasis).
Discuss with your doctor regarding expectant management regarding the extent of the disease. There are subgroups of lung cancer which may have a predisposition for bleeding or for migrating into certain organs (like brain, liver, bone).
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