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Home Care for Brain Cancer

When fighting brain cancer, the health care providers in charge of your case should discuss details about home care with you and your family members.

  • Home care usually includes supportive measures depending on symptoms.
  • For example, if you have trouble walking, you probably should have a walker available at home.
  • If you have mental status changes, a care plan should be directed to your individual needs.

If the prognosis is poor, it is appropriate to discuss options of hospice care, advance directives to doctors, and provisions for a living will.

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  • Home hospice care is a way of providing pain and symptom relief, as well as emotional and spiritual support for the patient and the family, at home rather than in the hospital. It involves a multidisciplinary approach that may include a doctor or other care provider, nurses, a pharmacist, aides, a social worker, a spiritual caregiver, and counselors.
  • Advance directives and living wills are legal documents that spell out specifically which treatments are to be given and which are to be withheld. For example, a person with advanced brain cancer may not want to be put on a ventilator (breathing machine) if he or she stops breathing. You have the right to make these decisions for yourself as long as you are mentally competent.
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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on November 03, 2013

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