What is Terminal Illness?

What is terminal illness; what do the words actually mean? It is a topic frequently brought up in the media, but what is the definition?

Simply put, a terminal illness is an infection or an illness which will result in death. Terminal illnesses or infections are considered incurable when there are no conservative therapies available which will eliminate it from the body. This medical phrase is usually used when there is a life expectancy of six months or less and complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) options are not included when referring to "treatments."

It is possible to be diagnosed with a "terminal illness" and outlive the six-month life expectancy. Examples of illnesses and infections which could have relatively long life-spans are: Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and neurological illness such as Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's.

Now, knowing what is terminal illness, you may be wondering "are there any treatment options"?

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