What do I do when Mom refuses to eat?

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She has stage 4 lung cancer. The doctor said its totally treatable but he can't treat her safely at 74lbs. I dont kbow what else to do.

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If your Mom is getting chemo, is she getting mouth sores from it? That seems to the norm for some people, it's a temporary condition. Check with the American Cancer society or American Lung Association as to what they would suggest to help with those mouth sores. Or ask your Mom's Oncologist. That could be the reason your Mom doesn't want to eat.

And throw out those cigarettes, smoke is smoke, doesn't matter if it is tobacco or marijuana. It's defeating the purpose. Yes, I heard that one can get the munchies after smoking weed, but I doubt that would be the case if one already has lung cancer.
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We caught her trying to smoke a cigarette. So someone suggested we but her marijauna cigarettes and an ashtray with matches near her so that maybe she would smoke that and thus be more hungry. Ar this point I will try anything so, we will see what happens. Thank you so much for your input I am really scared for her.
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By treatable I mean the doctor can slow the cancer down to give her time. He did say he would stop if her quality of life started to deminish. She does say nothing tastes good. Someonre suggested since we caught her teying ro
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This is a tough dilemma for you and for her doctor.

First of all, does she even want treatment? Is she able to make that decision? I have had a number of relatives make the decision not to treat.

Secondly, there is a difference between treatable and curable. After treatment, will there be a significant improvement in her quality of life?

Thirdly, is she having trouble with chewing or swallowing? Sometimes medicines affect our taste buds too and food just doesn't taste good. If she's underweight, can you push ice cream and shakes? All those high calorie foods that wouldn't be on anyone's healthy diet might just be what it takes to help her gain weight.

I feel for you and sure wish you weren't in this position.
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Do you know how many sites the cancer is present? I'm no expert, but when the doctor says treatable, what is he saying? Does that mean slowing it down or keeping her comfortable? I think I would obtain information about what treatments he's describing and what they can do for your mother.

Is she able to make her own decisions about her healthcare? What is her response?
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