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Have metastatic cancer of uterus. Is morphine taking away will to live?

I believe a cancer patient going into a hospice and heavily using morphine is more likely to lose the will to live. I know of a 65 year old cancer patient with metastatic cancer of the uterus who told me she definitely wanted to live but was going to use hospice to be more comfortable in her quest for a mind-body immunotheraputic healing. Prior to the hospice she had started to use the mind-body approach to revitalize the immune system to heal the cancer. Now after starting the hospice she seems to have lost interest in following through with this approach. Could it be the "lalaland" effect of the morphine taking away her will to live? What are your thoughts along these lines.
Asked On : Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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Morphine is needed very often in treating the cancer pain and there are definite indication and definite way to prescribe this drug. Depression is a common problem in cancer patients. There are many causes but morphine probably has no role in depression. Proper counselling is necessary at this stage, specialist onco-psychiatrist opinion to be taken.
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