What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of terminal cancer can vary significantly depending on the form of cancer and the part of the body affected. However, symptoms including pain, loss of appetite and/or weight, nausea and vomiting, and Depression or Anxiety may be particular concerns when delivering palliative care.
Cause and treatment
As terminal cancer can refer to numerous forms of cancer, the exact cause can vary widely. However, in some cases, lifestyle and genetics can play a role in causing the onset of cancer.
While treatments for cancer commonly include chemotherapy and radiotherapy, such aggressive options are often avoided in terminal cases as the side effects associated with these treatments can lead to significant suffering. Alternatively, treatment for terminal cancer commonly puts a priority on symptom management.