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  1. What Is Life Support?

    Life support keeps the body alive by doing the work of bodily functions that are failing. Learn what life support includes, when it's needed, and when it might be stopped.

  2. Topic Overview

    Medicare is a health insurance program for people 65 years of age and older,for some people younger than 65 who have disabilities,and for people with long-term (chronic) kidney failure treated with dialysis or a transplant. Medicare is administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the United States government. Medicare consists of: Part A,or hospital insurance. ...

  3. Where to Go From Here

    Write down any questions you have about palliative care. Talk about your questions with your doctor during your next visit. If you would like more information on palliative care, see the Other Places to Get Help section of this topic. ...

  4. Is Palliative Care For Me?

    Health professionals and hospitals are using palliative care more and more. They find that patients and families like this kind of care. Anyone who has an illness that gets worse over time can benefit from palliative care. You can get care to cure your illness and palliative care at the same time. You do not have to choose one or the other. Some treatments can be curative or palliative. For ...

  5. Topic Overview

    Physician-assisted death refers to a practice by which physicians provide the means for a person to voluntarily cause his or her own death. This is usually done by prescribing lethal doses of medicine. Although indirectly participating in the person's death,the physician does not directly cause the death. Only a few states,such as Oregon and Washington,have legalized physician-assisted ...

  6. Tube Feeding: Living With a Feeding Tube

    Your body needs nutrition to stay strong and help you live a healthy life. If you're unable to eat, or if you have an illness that makes it hard to swallow food, you may need a feeding tube. The tube is surgically inserted into your stomach and is used to give food, liquids, and medicines. Depending on why you need a feeding tube, you may have it for several weeks or months or for the rest of your life. Having a feeding tube means learning new skills and adopting new routines. You'll need to learn how to use and care for the tube, and how to avoid common problems. Key PointsA feeding tube is inserted during a surgery called percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG). After the surgery, you'll have a 6- to 12-inch tube coming out of your belly. Foods, liquids, and medicines are given using the tube. The food is a mixture (formula) made up of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Keeping the tube clean is very important. Adjusting to using a feeding tube takes time.

  7. Topic Overview

    What is palliative care?It is hard to live with an illness that cannot be cured. You may feel lonely, angry, scared, or sad. You may feel that your treatment is doing more harm than good. You may have pain or other disturbing symptoms. Palliative care can help you and your loved ones cope with all of these things. Palliative care is a kind of care for people who have illnesses that do not go away

  8. The Growth of Palliative Care

    Palliative care is not a new concept. Hospices have been using palliative care for many years. Some doctors, nurses, and other health care workers have been giving this type of care for a long time.The number of palliative care providers around the country is increasing. So is the number of programs to train health professionals in palliative care. More and more health professionals are realizing

  9. Topic Overview

    Oxygen can be delivered in several ways: Concentrators,which take oxygen from the air,are the least expensive. But they need to be plugged into a power outlet and are fairly heavy [about 30 lb (13.6 kg) ]. You might use an oxygen concentrator in your home. Portable oxygen concentrators are also available. These are lighter and may be used while traveling. Cylinders,or tanks,of compressed ...

  10. Topic Overview

    What decisions need to be made as your child's health gets worse?When a child has a serious illness, the time may come when a cure isn't possible, or when treatment to help the child live longer is not working. Hearing that a child will die causes feelings of deep pain, loss, and helplessness in parents—and in other loved ones, such as grandparents. Even as parents try to cope with these feelings, they have to make choices about what the rest of their child's life will be like.How can you make sure that your child is not in pain and is comfortable? How can your child have as normal a life as possible near the end of life? Should you tell your child that he or she will die?Can your child stay at home? Or does he or she need to be in the hospital? You will be helping to coordinate your child's care among doctors, counselors, and other health professionals. If you have other children, they will need help to cope with the coming loss of their brother or sister.Setting up a care

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