Any experience on the signs?I read that its important to know what stage so as to get proper care, pain management etcc. I find it hard to get through to doctors, people give different information and the consultant was of no help last time and we arent due to see him again until January. I worry about my mother. She lost 8 pounds in May. She will be weighed again at dietitian tues week. If she has lost more weight then the gp will do bloods. Shes more frail and unsteady. More tired. Not as responsive to her enviroment. Shes more restless and having alot of lucid moments. Swallowing seems to be getting worse and appears to have more mucus/phlegm although she has infection right now so maybe that makes these things worse. I read that hospice care can be given at home if you know there is 6 months to live but how do you know-is it a diagnosis of another disease?