Finding out that you have cancer can change your life. You may feel like your world has turned upside down and
you have lost all control. Talking with family, friends, or a counselor can really help. Ask your doctor about support groups. Or call the American Cancer Society (1-800-227-2345) or visit its website at www.cancer.org.
Your quality of life may be improved by having palliative care to manage your symptoms.
people who have advanced-stage cancer, a time comes when treatment to cure cancer no longer seems like a good
choice. This can be because the side effects, time, and costs of treatment are greater than the promise of cure or
relief. But this isn't the end of treatment. You and your doctor can decide when you may be ready for hospice care.
It can be hard to decide when to stop treatment to prolong your life and shift the focus to end-of-life care.
To learn more about supportive care, see: