Posted by: Mary | 2009-05-27

brain tumor

Hi Doc, is it possible for someone to have leukemia and numerous, inoperable brain tumors, and be told that they only have five weeks to live? At that stage of cancer wouldn' t a person be showing serious signs of the illness? Shouldn' t they be hospitalised, or be receiving intense treatments?

Finally, would a doctor commit to an estimation of ' FIVE WEEKS' ? Or would it be a longer period given, generally?

Many thanks with this!

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Dear Mary
Leukemia can spread to the brain, at at this time the patient may be very sick and get seizures. Treatment would not necessarily be given if the condition is terminal. These patients are usually bedridden and in a hospice or hospital but may be treated at home. Doctors tend not to make predictions on how long a patient has to live as each patient is different and although we know on average how long it takes for a patient to survive certain cancers, it differs from patient to patient.
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