She passed away in 36 hours, quietly and peacefully at home … … There was not much in the way of medical care, as there were no distressing symptoms. It was more a question of knowing and preparing.
Physicians don’t take the diagnosis of cancer lightly. In the usual case, thorough investigations are done – blood tests, scans, biopsies, etc. before the diagnosis is made. .. … However, this is not always possible for home care patients, nor is it always necessary.
Fortunately, her neighbor was at hand to help. In fact, it was this caring neighbor that had arranged for me to visit the elderly lady. She was prepared to help arrange transport, etc. t
This task of listening and explaining may seem simple, but it can have clinical impact down the road. If the patient and family understands the situation, it may temper their reluctance to be admitted again if a real need arises.