Stop all meds at end of life except for pain meds

I question the medication prescriptions of a doctor at one of the best hospital in the bay area for a patient who is terminally ill and was diagnosed with cancer 5 months ago. The patient was terminally ill with adenocarcinoma, where lung cancer is progressing rapidly and a dozen mini brain strokes were seen in MRI tests. The patient’s body is also trying to heal the many surgeries, small bladder carcinoma, stroke and 2 lung tumors.

The patient went home and took antibiotics, pain meds and acyclovir.  And he died that afternoon.

The kidneys and liver cannot handle the medications. In many care homes, when we stop the medications of our seniors who are terminally ill and was given few months to live, some of them lived for 2 more years with no medications.

There are cases when we need pain meds, the only meds needed by a terminally ill patient.

Families must take care of their loved ones and ask questions to the doctor. One can die at home without a hospice care but with visiting nurses, caregivers and family members.

Author: connie dello buono

Health educator, author and enterpreneur or ; cell 408-854-1883 Helping families in the bay area by providing compassionate and live-in caregivers for homebound bay area seniors. Blogs at Developing a new site, , for early cancer detection using genetics tests, telemedicine with electronic appointment scheduling with doctors, video chat with doctors, matching care providers with health consumers and a health concierge for all to reduce chronic care cost, find cancer cure and coordinate health care using predictive medicine and participatory.

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