Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 8 years ago

What are some incurable diseases?

I'm writing a short novel and plan to have one of the main characters die from some sort of disease.

I need to know some incurable diseases with almost certain death. Or just anything that someone can die from.


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  • 8 years ago
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    Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia

    Acute Myeloid Leukemia

    Acquired Immune Defficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

    Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD)


    Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS,Lou Gehrig’s disease)



    Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)


    Avian Influenza


    Batten Disease (Juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis)

    Bi-polar Disorder (Manic-depression)

    Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE, “Mad Cow” disease)

    Chicken pox aka Herpes Zoster aka varicella-zoster aka Shingles

    Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

    Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

    Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

    Currarino Triad

    Cystic Fibrosis




    Dysmyelogenic leukodystrophy (DMD a.k.a. Alexander disease)



    Emphysema (C.O.P.D.)

    Farber Disease

    Fatal Familial Insomnia

    Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva


    Galactosialidosis (Goldberg Syndrome)

    Gaucher Disease

    GM1 Gangliodsidosis

    Hairy cell leukemia

    Hodgkin Lymphoma

    Hopeless Aatrocytoma (Brain Cancer)


    Hurler Syndrome

    Hunter Syndrome

    Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis


    Interstitial Cystitis

    Krabbe Disease


    Lymphocytic Lymphoma


    Metachromatic Leukodystrophy

    Morquio A

    Mucolipidosis II (I-Cell Disease)

    Mucolipidosis IV

    Multiple sclerosis (MS)

    Niemann-Pick, Types A and B

    Non-Hodgkin lymphoma


    Pompe Disease





    Salla Disease

    Sandhoff Disease

    Sanfilippo A

    Scheie Syndrome

    Schindler Disease


    Sialidosis (Mucolipidosis I)

    Sly Syndrome

    Small lymphocytic lymphoma

    Spreading Adenocarcinoma

    Spreading Melanoma

    Takayasu’s Arteritis (Pulseless Disease)

    Tay-Sachs Disease

    Wolman Disease

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  • 8 years ago

    Well, pretty much anything that starts with an H is incurable. HIV, hepatitis, herpes. But not all deadly. Fatal diseases? Modern medicine has provided for patients to often live much longer lives with diseases even as extreme as AIDS. I would probably go with pancreatic cancer. It is dramatic, and unlike other cancers, you just don't beat it.

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

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  • 4 years ago

    I dont know if I believe in God anymore. So much death and trauma in my family that I really have lost the faith. I have a friend who is suffering from leukemia and I pray and pray for her to get well but it isnt happening. Not that its Gods fault I just dont see how an all loving God could treat his people the way he does. Its really hard when someone close to you gets sick and you have to watch them change. I wonder all the time why we dont have a cure for certain diseases. If we did have cures that would put the pharamaceutical companies out of business. They are powerful and money comes before well being. Supposedly there is a cure for everything on this earth. We just arent that advanced.

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago


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  • 8 years ago

    Do you want them just to die from it or to have a prolonged period (months) of knowing that they are going to die? If the former, just about anything will do. Hell, something like 38,000 people EVERY YEAR in the US die from the flu. Just about any disease, under the right conditions, can kill you. If yo want something prolonged and drawn out, cancer is the cliche standby, but totally valid. I wouldn't go with AIDS anymore because it isn't all that fatal anymore. It is, but not like it used to be. In the 80s if you were diagnosed you had an expected lifespan of around 2-3 years. Now...well, here is a quote from one article on modern HIV/AIDS treatment:

    "For people who have access to new medications for HIV, called "anitretroviral therapy" or "highly active antiretroviral therapy" (HAART), at age 20, life expectancy has now increased to about 30 to 40 added years if they take the HAART medication correctly. "

    Yeah, so get HIV at 20, instead of dying at 24 like you did in 1982, you now die at 50 or 60 with proper treatment. That's not to say it isn't still fatal and can't still morph and kill you quickly under the right conditions, just that it isn't the big bad scary fatal disease it used to be.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    There are endless possibilities. If you want to make them symbolic, you could use leprosy for a character that's shunned, or cancer for a character that is decaying morally or with decaying relationships. Leprosy, cancer, cystic fibrosis (not always fatal, but it can be), and heart disease are good places to start.

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  • 8 years ago

    HIV, AIDS, Hemophilia, Prostate Cancer is almost uncureable, Hodgkins Disease

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