Re: Terminal Liver cancer- what are the signs it's nearly over?
i'm sorry to hear about your father (my mom recently passed away from pancreatic cancer that had spread to her liver).
when the liver shuts down, many patients experience jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyeballs) and associated pruritis (itching). other symptoms include ascites (swollen abdomen), edema (swelling) of the legs and scrotum, loss of appetite, possible nausea/vomiting, weight loss, pain in the upper right abdomen, bleeding from gums and bruising of the skin (related to blood clotting disorders), changes in stool (light, clay colored stools or tarry sticky stools if there is intestinal bleeding) and mental confusion (from build up of ammonia levels in the blood).
is he undergoing active treatment for the cancer, or just comfort measures? has his doctor given a timeframe for him? is he eligible for hospice care, either at home or in a hospice facility? my mom had hospice care at home and the nurses were great in helping us understand what to expect and in helping to proactively provide medications for nausea, anxiety and pain control (in my mom's case, thank heavens she had very little pain, but she did experience quite a bit of anxiety in the last two days).