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by hoi.yee » 26 Sep 2017, 23:08

My dad currently having stage 4 lungs cancer and he now refuse to eat. At the same time, seems like giving up once he feel pain. Keep mention want to die. What can I as a daughter can do?
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by Kellyn » 29 Sep 2017, 12:30

Dear Hoi Yee,
I am so sorry for your dad and your concern for him is understandable. I must say it is a very difficult time for him and can be a very challenging time for his carers and family members.

Generally, for a cancer sufferer, the common effect of the disease on them could be such as poor appetite, bitter taste in the mouth, pain, difficulty in breathing, losing weight, feeling weak and unwell. The psychological side is not spared either. Very often, emotions like frustration, anger, worries, depression, lost hope and shame do exhibit.

Therefore, it is normal for your dad to feel that way. What you can do as his daughter are as the followings:-

1)Psychological support –show your understanding by listening to him, be very patient with him and help him as much as you can.
2)A divertional therapy would be good to help him from focusing on other than his sickness. Perhaps, get him to do what he likes to do when he was well, as tolerated for e.g. watching a comedy, reading, play cards/mahjung etc.
3)Serve him his pain relief medication as prescribed by his doctor in a timely manner. If the medication does not help, please notify the doctor for a stronger doze or a change of medication may be indicated for his case.
4)In terms of his poor appetite, I will recommend small and frequent light-soft diet like porridge or noodle soup with minced meat and vegetable in it. Also, intentionally ask him what he would like to eat for the day so that he gets to eat what he likes. We do have a dietician and a nutritionist who will be able to guide you further should you need more help.
5)You may also contact the organization as the followings who do home visit and they will be able to access him.
a) Hospis Malaysia – 03-91333936
website: https://www.hospismalaysia.org
b) IKN Home Care - 03-88925555 Ext 4135, website: http://nci.moh.gov.my
c) ASPAC-Assisi Palliative Care - 03-77838833
website: http://www.aspacmalaysia.org

Please do not hesitate to contact us at our toll free helpline 1800 08 1000 if you need to speak to us.
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by hoi.yee » 04 Oct 2017, 12:23

Thanks for the advise Kellyn!!
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