In the last stages of brain cancer, relieving pain is the main concern in treatment.
Last stage of brain cancer is a situation when the patient and his relatives just wait for the inevitable. As death is certain, the time can be very trying for the loved ones as despite the advances in treatment procedures, some people are not able to recover. The best one can do is to prepare mentally and be aware of certain expected changes in the final stages of brain cancer, so that pain and other problems can be managed better.
Some symptoms that patients can show in the last stages of brain cancer are:
- Confrontational behaviour – In the last stages of brain cancer, patients can become confrontational. This is because of the location of tumour and its effect on the brain. The effect in the patient can be various. He can become withdrawn, irritable, quarrelsome and even violent. Patient can show various psychological effects, such as being in denial about the disease and refusing treatment. Hallucinations and confusions can also result. Such behaviour can also be a result of radiation treatment destroying the normal brain functions.
- Pain – The pain caused by cancer is one of the worst in any disease. If the cancerous growth shifts to bone, the pain can be quite unbearable. Doctors treating the condition usually prescribe opiates as medicine for relieving the pain. These are addictive in nature but the only recourse available to doctors to provide relief to the patient in severe pain, and need to be given despite complain by some family members that the drugs can be addictive. However, doctors claim that the chance of addiction is negligible. If the doctor treating the patient tends to ignore the pain, the relatives should actually insist on use of pain relieving medication and keep the patient in comfort.
- Physical changes – In some patients, drastic changes occur as a result of the last stage of their brain cancer. It could result in limiting of their motion function which has an impact on their ability to walk or support their body. They might need a walker or wheelchair for movement. Weight loss, memory impairment, increase in sleep, pain getting more intense and problem in communication are some of the changes expected as the patient nears his end.
The treatment in last stages of brain cancer should focus at giving as much comfort as possible to the patient. Relieving pain is the fundamental aspect of this treatment.
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