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9/17/2017Good evening,
I need some advice. My mom is still battling stage IV TNBC, had a recurrence in brain in July 2016 and has slowly gotten worse since then. A spot of mets each in her lungs, liver, nodes, brain mets seem to be staying stable at the moment. All TNBC. She is on her first round of Xeloda, which is her third line chemo, and now she stopped eating and drinking. She says nothing sounds good, she won't drink boost or ensure, she just wants to lay there. This happened in July-she gets dehydrated and ends up in the hospital for a week while they push fluids. I honestly don't know how to convince her to at least drink water. II know we can't force feed her, but she keeps thinking she is going to miraculously be cured, but won't do anything to help herself, and refuses to see a counselor to help her. I feel bad nagging her, I know you're not supposed to do that,but it's not like she's got a week to live so she's not hungry. I feel she's being stubborn and the less she eats the more attention she gets. I'm not seeing her exhibit any other signs that she is near passing away,that's the only reason I think this is a personal choice of hers and not a medical one. Do you know any tricks I can use, or since it's been a year already are we facing that time with her?
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9/17/2017call her medical oncologist and have him arrange for a therapist to see and evaluate her. if he orders it she will likely go. also ask him if the area within the brain where her lesions are are located anywhere near where her appetite stimulator is.

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