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Throat cancer with low WBC, fed with g-tube, doesn't want supplements. What to do ?

My step father In-law has throat cancer and has been told his white blood cell count are to low so the couldn t do the chemotherapy . He had the g-tube put in so he could be feed, but isn t wanting supplements as directed, maybe has one supplement a day, still try s to sneak a cigarette here and there. What I am confused does he have no will to live and or he doesn t care and He is 78 yrs old.
Asked On : Tue, 4 Dec 2012
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hi, this could be tackled with nicotine gum or patch and the depression part needs to be managed. With good psychiatric counselling, he should improve and with improvement in feeding the counts, albumin level everything should settle. Take care.
Answered: Wed, 5 Dec 2012
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