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Old 03-14-2011, 07:53 PM   #1
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When to seek hospice care

Hello all, I was wondering what you thought about hospice care and when is a good time to think about seeking hospice care.

My mom has late stage metastatic pancreatic cancer. It's spread to her liver, superior mesenteric artery and another major artery in her abdomen.

Recently she's had terrible constipation and takes lactoluse for it. She keeps having a hard time. It's due to lack of blood flow to her intestines, the cancer is invading many places.

She has 7 lesions on her liver as well. Also she has fluid in her belly (ascites).

I would like to know if I should think about hospice care. Her nutrition has decreased greatly, her pain control is extremely poor (she needs IV pain meds). I'm just afraid for her when I go to work and she's home alone.

Any advice you guys have would help.