Symptom Control

There are many potential physical symptoms related to life-threatening illness and the side effects of treatment. The following are effective ways of managing some of the more common problems. You will probably not experience all of these, but you should be aware of helpful ways to manage them if they occur. Please be sure to notify your nurse about physical symptoms you are experiencing.

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Approaching Death

When a person enters the final stage of the dying process, two different dynamics that are closely inter-related and inter-dependent are at work. On the physical plane, the body begins the final process of shutting down, which will end when all the physical systems cease to function. Usually this is an orderly and undramatic progressive series of physical changes that are not medical emergencies requiring invasive interventions. These physical changes are normal, natural way in which the body prepares itself to stop and the most appropriate kinds of responses are comfort-enhancing measures...

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