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Death due to lung cancer. Would she have been in severe pain had we not given morphine?

Hi, my mom died of lung cancer 3 years ago. She was on hospice here at home and at the end she was on morphine every two hours, not sure of the dosage (one tube). She lived a year longer than the prognosis amount of time, but could giving her this much morphine have caused her to die sooner, and would she have been in severe pain had we not done this?
Asked On : Sun, 8 Jul 2012
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Oncologist, Surgical 's  Response
Please dont be concerned over the usage of morphine in your mother. It is customary and justified to give morphine to terminally ill cancer patients as cancer related pain is generally not amenable to any other form of therapy. The most important thing to remember while treating these patients is that they should be as comfortable as possible in their last days and pain relief is an important part. You and the hospice did the right thing by giving her morphine else she would have been in agony
Answered: Sun, 29 Sep 2013
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General Surgeon Dr. Ivan R. Rommstein's  Response
Apr 2013
Hi and welcome to HCM. Thanks for the query.
It is hard to say what would happend.probably morphine isnt something that caused earlier death or complication and i am sure there was much more benefits from morphium than costs so thi sshould not be soemthing that you regret. It is much more important the quality of life without pain then prolongation of life for several weeks or months.
Wish you good health. Regards
Answered: Mon, 30 Sep 2013
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