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Died due to multi-organ failure. Had bile duct cancer with metastatic tumors. Was he in pain?

My father died of multi organ failure. He has bile duct cancer which was diagnosed after finding 6 metastic tumors in the cerrebellum, the intial diagnosis was cancer of an unknown primary. The cancer after 2 months presented in the liver and bile duct. He passed last week from the organ failure after 2 weeks of chemo.

Was he in pain? And is this death in line with the progression of the disease? Conversely could something have been done to guard against this?
Asked On : Tue, 23 Apr 2013
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Thank you for the query.

It is hard to say if he was in pain or not. With brain metastases and bile ducts obstruction most of the patients sooner or later are not quite conscious so it is very hard to determine the level of suffering. It may seem that this were some kind of natural sedation what lets you to believe that he were not in pain as he was unconscious. And you should keep it that way.

Bile duct cancer is very aggressive and usually fatal disease. Especially with brain metastases. So for sure in this stage there were nothing that could be done. Sorry.

Answered: Tue, 23 Apr 2013
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