There may come a time when treatments to cure your cancer are no longer working. Or you may decide that you want to spend the time you have left in other ways and only have medical care that keeps you comfortable. If so, talk to your doctor about hospice care.
Hospice care is palliative care for people who are at the end of life, with about 6 months or less to live. Hospice caregivers help to enhance the quality of your remaining life by keeping you as alert and
comfortable as possible in a familiar environment with family and friends.
You may also want to:
Discuss health care
and other legal issues that arise near the end of life with your family and
State your health care
choices in writing (with an advance directive or living will) while you are
still able to make and communicate these decisions.
Choose a health care agent in case you become unable to speak for
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 29, 2013
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