The last stage of brain tumor is a situation when the patient and his relatives just wait for the inevitable. As death is certain, the time can be very trying for the loved ones as, despite the advances in treatment procedures, some people are not able to recover. The best one can do is to prepare mentally and be aware of certain expected changes in the last stages of a brain tumor, so that pain and other problems can be managed better. Some symptoms that patients can show in the last stages of brain tumor are:
Confrontational behavior –
In the last stages of brain tumor, patients can become confrontational. This is because of the location of the tumor and its effect on the brain. The effect in the patient can be various. He can become withdrawn, irritable, quarrelsome and even violent. A patient can show various psychological effects, such as being in denial about the disease and refusing treatment. Hallucinations and confusions can also result. Such behavior can also be a result of radiation treatment destroying the normal brain functions.
Pain – The pain caused by cancer is one of the worst in any disease. If the cancerous growth shifts to the bone, the pain can be quite unbearable. Doctors treating the condition usually prescribe opiates as medicine for relieving the pain. These are addictive in nature but the only recourse available to doctors to provide relief to the patient in severe pain, and need to be given despite complaint by some family members that the drugs can be addictive. However, doctors claim that the chance of addiction is negligible. If the doctor treating the patient tends to ignore the pain, the relatives should actually insist on the use of pain-relieving medication and keep the patient in comfort.
Physical changes – In some patients, drastic changes occur as a result of the last stage of their brain tumor. It could result in limiting their motion function which has an impact on their ability to walk or support their body. They might need a walker or wheelchair for movement. Weight loss, memory impairment, increase in sleep, pain getting more intense and problem in communication are some of the changes expected as the patient nears his end.