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What are advance directives, and what do they include?

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Advance directives are documents that describe your medical care wishes. They include:

  • A living will, which will say whether you want medical treatment that artificially prolongs your life.
  • A durable power of attorney, which appoints a person to speak on your behalf if you can’t express medical treatment preferences. An attorney should create this.
  • And consider writing a will to ensure that those who survive you will know how to carry out your wishes. An attorney should create this one, too.

From: Coping With Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Cancer Society: ''Coping with Cancer in Everyday Life.'' National Cancer Institute: ''Advance Directives.''

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 27, 2018

SOURCES: American Cancer Society: ''Coping with Cancer in Everyday Life.'' National Cancer Institute: ''Advance Directives.''

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 27, 2018

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