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This question is for a Doctor: What is the realistic life span of someone diagnosed with both Lymphoma and Leukemia? Is it common to be diagnosed with both of them? At what stage is the mental capacity affected? How does lymphoma and leukemia affect the
mental capacity of someone in the advance stages? Is coughing and poor mobility one of the results of having these cancers? Once in the advanced stages, what is the life expectancy?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Oncology
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 1 year ago.
There is no way to guess what the life expectancy of a patient with both lymphoma and leukemia is from the very limited data you have provided.
All of your questions are very important and very good ones.
The best place and, really only, place to get answers to these questions is to discuss them with the oncology care team. Since they know all the facts about the particular patient they will be able to provide you with in-depth, knowledgeable answers.
One other words of advice: Do not believe what the Evil Dr. Google tells you....
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The person has died who had the cancers. My questions are because of a probate case I am involved in. I personally do not have cancer. I need to know the answers to my questions to get a broad and general idea about the timeline of these 2 cancers progression in the last year of the person's life, on the average. The person's death certificate stated they died from lymphoma, but the leukemia was a secondary contributing factor. June of 2012 we noticed his clothes were at least 2 sizes too big and his face was very flushed. March 2013 we noticed in court he did a lot of coughing and kept going to the men's room. In his obituary we saw a photo of him dated December 2014 where he looked 30 pounds smaller than he did in March of 2013. He died November 2014. We know without reviewing the medical record you can only speculate. Please speculate.
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 1 year ago.
For probate your best bet is to hire an attorney experienced in these types of matters. She will hire experts to review the decedents medical records, autopsy results (if available) and submit an opinion to The Court.
It is impossible to even speculate given the limited data you have provided.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Dr. Rick, we have had 3 attorneys and as many paralegals and they were all wash outs after spending thousands of dollars for their services. This is why we began representing ourselves 3 1/2 years ago and have been successful doing so. As you know, because of confidentiality, we cannot just access someone's medical records with out a subpoena, something our prior paid legal professionals would not bother to do. Since representing ourselves we have sent out several subpoenas successfully. What we needed before taking that step was general, speculative, guesstimates. I see this is not something you are comfortable doing and I understand that. Thank you for your time. Is there another professional you can pass this question to who can give us an answer?
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 1 year ago.
Best of luck to you.
Outside of hiring a "well papered" professional, or a group of them, and giving them full, unrestricted access to all the data your chances of success on this issue are remote.
Online guesstimates will hold no weight in court.
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Dr. Rick MD FACS