Question: I have a sister who has Stage 5. She was taken dialysis treatments but has refused to do so for last three months. We can't talk her into getting treatment, we are trying to guess how long she has left. Her doctors guessed at few days to a few weeks, does that sound right?
Doctor: Dialysis takes over part of kidney function to filter the wastes and toxins from the body. Dialysis is a life-saving treatment, once it is stoped, the wastes and toxins will build up in the body, causing uremia. The patient will receive whatever medicines are necessary to manage symptoms of uremia and other medical conditions. However, it is quite possible for her to pass away from a few days to several weeks, depending on how quickly the toxins build up.
Dialysis is not the only way to sustain life, there are also other treatments, such as TCM stereoscopic therapies. They includes medicated bath, hot compress, enema therapy, circle therapy, acupuncture and moxibustion and so on. They can also remove the accumulated toxins from the body as the dialysis does. What is more, they have no side effects. After a period of treatment, the impaired kidney function will be improved. As long as the glomerular filtration rate is more than 16 %, your sister can get rid of dialysis and live like a normal person. Life is valuable, please do not give it up easily.