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Cancer in the Spine

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My Mom is 79 has Dementia. 6 wks ago she was in immense pain then 24 hrs later paralyzed from waist down.....the MRI has shown Cancer in the Spine in the nerves.
How long do you last at this point??? She is still eating and not in pain. She is recieving Tylenol in the Hospital and seems comfortable. Awaiting Nursing Home so I wonder about how long will she have???
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replied July 10th, 2010
Unfortunately, although every patient with a terminal illness, and their family members, want to know the answer to this question, it is impossible to know how long any patient will live with any certainty. There are many factors that have an impact on survival, and doctors have been shown to be very poor at predicting how long terminally ill patients will live.

I do hope that, for whatever time she has left in this world, your mother will not be in pain, and will not suffer.

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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