If you have not already made
decisions about the issues that may arise at the end of life, consider doing so
now. Many people find it helpful and comforting to state their health care
choices in writing (with an advance directive such as a living will) while they
are still able to make and communicate these decisions. You may also think
about who you would choose as your health care agent to make and carry out
decisions about your care if you were unable to speak for yourself.
A time may come when
your goals change from treating or curing an illness to maintaining comfort and
dignity. Hospice care health
professionals can provide palliative care and comforting surroundings for
someone who is preparing to die.
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://
.gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor.
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