End of Life Care Directory
People may face difficult decisions near the end of life, including the kind of care they'd like to receive and who will make decisions about their care. It's advisable to be prepared by writing an advance directive with instructions about medical care in case of future inability to make a decision and appointing a health care agent or attorney to make treatment decisions. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about end-of-life care, deciding on curative or palliative care, choosing a health care agent, writing an advance directive, finding end of life support, and much more.
Planning the Transition to End-of-Life Care in Advanced Cancer (PDQ®): Supportive care - Health Professional Information [NCI]-Supportive Care, Palliative Care, and Hospice in Advanced Cancer
Importance of a NameOncologists' attitudes toward palliative careThe European Society of Medical Oncology surveyed its members about their attitudes toward and involvement in palliative care for patients with advanced cancer. Eighty-eight percent of respondents endorsed the belief that medical oncologists should coordinate end-of-life (EOL) care, but 42% felt they were inadequately trained for the task. Relatively few respondents collaborated with a palliative care specialist (35%) or inpatient hospice services (26%). The term palliative care has been identified through surveys as a potential impediment to referral to a palliative care clinic. A 2013 report from a single institution that changed the name of its palliative care service to supportive care service demonstrated that outpatients were referred sooner after first hospital registration (median, 9.2 months vs. 13.2 months; P < .001) and sooner after the first diagnosis of advanced cancer (median, 5.2 months vs.
Care at the End of Life-After Death
AutopsyAn autopsy is the thorough examination of a body after death to help determine how and why a person died. Autopsies are not performed as frequently as they once were, especially when the death was expected. An autopsy is often not needed to determine the cause of death when a person dies of a disease or condition that had been diagnosed. If a diagnosis and cause of death were unclear, some
Hospice Care-Considering Hospice Care
You may want to consider hospice care if:You have a disease or illness that is expected to shorten your life.Treatment that tries to cure the disease or prolong your life has become more of a burden than a benefit to you.You would like to spend your remaining life as comfortably as possible in a setting that you choose, such as your own home.You want family and friends to participate in your ...
Care at the End of Life-Frequently Asked Questions
Learning about end - of - life care:What kinds of care are available at the end of life?What is hospice?How can I be sure my doctors will respect my wishes as I approach death?Do I need a living will?What is the dying process like?Will I be in pain?Getting treatment:Where should I receive treatment?Should I receive artificial hydration and nutrition?Should I receive CPR and mechanical ...
What Is Palliative Care?
With a focus on quality of life and a holistic approach, palliative care helps patients and families through serious illnesses.
Palliative Care for Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer
Palliative care for cancer patients helps ease discomfort, anxiety, nausea, and emotional distress. Find out how palliative care can improve quality of life during and after cancer treatment.
Talk About Death
When a loved one is dying, how do you find the right words?
Pediatric Palliative Care: Easing Your Child's Suffering
Bringing normalcy to families' lives is a goal of pediatric palliative care, also known as pediatric advanced care (PAC). Many families, however, resist palliative care because they think it's limited to end-of-life care.