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survivalMedtalk The length of time that a person lives after being diagnosed with a particular disease. See Disease-free survival, Event-free survival, Five-yr survival, Median survival.
Health care professionals are sometimes asked by patients or their families how long a patient may be expected to live, because he or she has a serious illness or has already reached an advanced age. Even in intensive care units, predicting how long some one may live is difficult. Some illnesses (e.g., widely metastatic breast or lung cancers) leave a patient with weeks or months of life. Some traumas (e.g., gunshot wounds to the brain, heart, or great vessels) confer a survival of hours or less. A patient who is not responding to resuscitative efforts can be expected to live for minutes. For patients who are not at the extremes of illness or injury, several predictive tools can be used to provide crude estimates of survival. The Karnofsky Performance Scale, the Palliative Prognostic Indicator, and the Palliative Performance Scale, for example, can be used to gauge survival in grave illnesses. For average members of the population, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (National Center for Health Statistics) publishes tables that estimate the life expectancy of Americans based on their current age.
Patient discussion about survival
Q. What are the best ways of surviving breast cancer? My sister is 35 and was leading a happy family life till last month. Her recent diagnosis of breast cancer disturbed her family life. Some of her friends threatened that it may sometimes lead to death. Is that true? With advance medical conditions, I hope I can save my sister. What are the best ways of surviving breast cancer?
Q. what are the symptoms of leukemia? and what effective treatment is available for it that increase survival chances ?
The signs and symptoms may vary, but usually result from deficiency of the normal blood cells due to the influence of the leukemic (actually malignant) cells. Therefore patients may suffer from superficial bleeding (due to deficiency of platelets), weakness and pallor due to anemia (deficiency of red blood cells) and infections due to deficiency of white blood cells.
Other signs and symptoms may include enlargement of the spleen and liver, fatigue, anorexia and weight loss, enlargement of lymph nodes, headache, sweating and fever.
The treatment depends on the specific type of leukemia, but generally includes chemotherapy and bone marrow transplantation from a donor.
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Q. How fast can primary amyloidosis spread? And what is the average survival rate for this disease?
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