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Supportive care continued...

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 your doctor.
  • 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 yourself.

To learn more about supportive care, see:

This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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Last Updated: January 29, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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