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terminal cancerA 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.
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Widespread or advanced cancer, from which recovery is not expected.
See also: cancer
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