Question I have just recently brought my 87 year old father home to live with me. He was recently diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Melanoma. He was living in Florida but after a stroke has been unable to stay alone. He is refusing any kind of treatment which I certainly respect. However, I am worried on what to expect. At this time he is just a little confused (otherwise his mind is great), is a little unsteady on his feet but he is eating well. Are there any signs I should be looking for that will tell me it is time to get perhaps Hospice involved? I am clueless on what to expect. I love my father dearly and I want to respect his wishes but I am very scared about what to expect. Thank you for any help you can give.
Answer Has his melanoma spread to his brain? If so the process will be rather swift (weeks to a few months) during which he will become more and more confused and sleep more and more. When he sleeps all the time his end will be near. There will be no pain. There is anyway not much that can be done in a case like this. It is time to contact hospice right away! I'm sorry I have nothing better to tell you!
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