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Do I tell Mom that her cancer is fatal?

She has Alzheimer's, she doesn't remember from one day to the next so we would have to tell her over and over. I don't want her to deal with that kind of shock every day but on the other hand if we can get her to remember she might be more complaint with treatment.
Status: Open    Jun 03, 2015 - 01:48 PM

Caregiving, Dementia

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Jun 15, 2015 - 12:10 PM

There is no good reason to tell her that she has cancer.
As a matter of fact I would not put her through treatments if it were my Mother. Or my Husband.
I would contact Hospice and let them determine if she is a candidate for Hospice now or Palliative care.
Pain management would be the first priority.
Most of the treatmens she would undergo for cancer have side effects that she would find difficult to deal with.
Radiation, chemo. To confine her for scans or to have infusions would be difficult.

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