terminal cancer


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terminal cancer

Etymology: L, terminalis + cancer, crab
an advanced stage of a malignant neoplastic disease with death as the inevitable prognosis.
A malignancy which is expected to cause the patient’s death in a short period of time—i.e., weeks to several months

terminal cancer

A malignancy expected to cause the Pt's death in a short period of time–ie, wks to several months; Pts with TCs have 1+ of the following: no response to any form of therapy, tumor-related cachexia/marked weight loss, florid metastases to multiple sites or 'secondary' metastases–ie, those arising from an already metastatic focus, marked jaundice–due to liver replacement by CA, a need for constant pain medication, and compression of vital stuctures of 'impossible' surgical access. See 'Heroic' surgery, Hospice, Most significant other. Cf Spontaneous remission of cancer, Unproven therapies for cancer.

terminal cancer

Widespread or advanced cancer, from which recovery is not expected.
See also: cancer
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She was diagnosed with terminal cancer seven years ago but defied her illness - and often doctors' orders - to dedicate her life to raising money for charity.
The mother-of-three has raised around pounds 100,000 so far by riding across America in what is thought to be the greatest endurance feat attempted by someone with terminal cancer.
When diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2000, Mrs Tomlinson decided to train for a 5km Race for Life event to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
POLICE digging up the garden of a terminal cancer patient after a tip-off found human remains they think could have been there for up to 20 years.
The charity provides free care to patients with terminal cancer and other illnesses in their own homes, as well as support and advice.
Jimand Fiona Jones were helping daughter Clare pack up to move in with them after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer when thieves broke in and ransacked their Kings Heath home.
The show will be raising money for PACT, a UK charity which helps children with terminal cancer and leukaemia.
When Arthur is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Blake returns to the Yorkshire Dales of his youth to reconnect with his old man and the rest of the clan.
FUNDRAISER and terminal cancer sufferer Jane Tomlinson, pictured, today described how she believes this is likely to be the last summer she will spend with her family.
THE body of fundraiser and terminal cancer sufferer Jane Tomlinson was paying the price after almost nine weeks of cycling across America, her husband said yesterday.
TERMINAL cancer sufferer Jane Tomlinson ended four incredible years of charity efforts yesterday, announcing that she had surpassed her pounds 1m target by raising pounds 1,150,000.
Terminal cancer patients entitled to disability benefits are failing to claim more than pounds 10.