Final symptoms of Terminal Lung Cancer and Dying
Death is an art
The final symptoms of terminal lung cancer and death watch
Dying is an individual life event. Yes, it is part of life. When a friend or loved one shows the final symptoms of terminal lung cancer, there is a lot of variation in how to deal with it. Some people will feel great pain, others not so much. Some approach dying in the same way that they dealt with life, with gusto. Some have disabling fear. Some people die quickly, others linger. The survivors want to help, but need to know how best to recognize the dying process and its symptoms.
Lung cancer’s obvious symptom is shortness of breath. As the malignant cells invade the lung tissue and build masses, the lungs are increasingly unable to process the exchange of air. Sometimes the tumors obstruct the airways. Fluid builds up in the lungs. Cancer tumors are fragile and often bleed causing the person to cough up blood.
Weight loss is common to cancer victims. Medications and the disease itself destroy the appetite. The tumors can obstruct the esophagus and make swallowing difficult.
Cancer cells from the lungs travel to other parts of the body and tumors can grow in the brain, abdomen and bones. Pain can occur wherever these cells have attached.
If the brain is involved, symptoms can include neurological problems. Headaches, speech impairment and seizures can be caused by brain tumors.
Lung cancer patients can have mild to excruciating bone pain, or no pain at all.
Cancerous tumors in the abdomen may cause pain of the liver, stomach or other organs. Other abdominal pain may be due to the general effort of breathing as the diaphragm becomes weaker and weaker.
Active Dying Phase, or the Final Symptoms
As the patient nears the actual point of death, the symptoms change and become quite distinct. The skin becomes cool and bluish. Wet and clammy skin is evident as perspiration increases.
Appetite may actually increase for a short while which gives false hope of a rebound to the caretaker. Then the appetite and thirst completely disappear and the patient will refuse to eat or drink anything.
Breathing becomes irregular and the so-called “death rattle” is heard due to Increased secretions in the back of the throat.
The patient may become irritated and confused even to the point of seeing hallucinations. Some have stated that they see people from “the other side” that have passed before them.
The final symptom is a profound deep sleep. During this sleep, the friend or loved one will simply stop breathing and their heart will stop beating. The end is generally peaceful and caretakers will find comfort in being in the room with the body as they say the final goodbye.
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