Sep 30, 2013 - 2:14 pm
Hi everyone: My mom is in Stage 4 ovarian cancer and in hospice care. She's a 7-year survivor, but her cancer became unresponsive to chemo, so now we are in an end-of-life situation. My question relates to her comfort. She has bad night sweats and is unable to sleep much. Her hospice nurse hasn't suggested anything, although my mom is bringing it up with her again. And her oncologist only was interested in her cancer treatment, not addressing other symptoms, so we're pretty much relying on the hospice team for guidance. She recently did a few days of respite care, and the nighttime staff were wonderful, helping her change her gown regularly, etc, but she still wasn't getting good sleep. I'm wondering if she should just be on some kind of sleep aid so she can sleep through the sweating. Has anyone received helpful medical advice to address this? She is six years post-hysterectomy so I don't think it is that. These started several months post-chemo as well. (She's been off chemo since May.)
It is hard to see her so sleep deprived. I have searched online and I'm not finding any answers.
Thank you in advance for your help! Keep on fighting!!