Becky told me that several months ago her mother was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. The oncologist said that it was not curable, and they could only slow down the progression. She had read a hospice book that listed common occurrences as people began to die. For example, loss of appetite, skin becomes mottled, etc. [web site]
She wished she had it when her mother was first diagnosed because some of the common symptoms she thought were medical emergencies. She made many late-night calls to the oncologist because she didn’t know the the symptoms she witnessed were normal occurrences as death approaches. She wondered why the oncologist didn’t give her the information when her mother was diagnosed because it would have been so helpful.