terminal cancer


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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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With modern care and targeted up-front chemotherapy thousands of terminal cancer patients can be cured today."
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By giving a couple of hours of your time at home, at work, at school or in your local community, you will be helping Marie Curie Cancer Care to nurse more people with terminal cancer and helping us to reach our appeal target of pounds 5m.
Goodbye, Walter: The Inspiring Story Of A Terminal Cancer Patient by RuthAnn Hogue is an influential biographical depiction of a struggle for life and the many barriers required for survival.