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Today, many people with cancer are treated for several years. Helping people with cancer live high-quality lives at every stage of their illness is the overall goal of palliative care. This article defines palliative care, describes the palliative care team, and discusses end-of-life considerations.
Despite our best efforts and hard work, cancer treatment sometimes stops working and a cure or long-term remission is no longer possible. This stage of cancer is called advanced, terminal, or end-stage cancer. This article offers suggestions for helping you find peace and meaning as you approach the end of life.
While no one wants to face the possibility of life-threatening events or terminal illness, it is better to be prepared. Advance directives are legal documents, which allow you to convey your preferences about your medical care ahead of time.
This article includes important information on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and do not resuscitate (DNR) orders as a patient approaches the end of life.
Treatment for end-stage cancer focuses on keeping the patient comfortable and free of pain as he or she approaches the end of life.
Despite everyone's best efforts, it may not be possible for doctors to cure a child's cancer. This article discusses palliative care, talking to your child about death, and coping tips for parents.
The overall aim of hospice care is to preserve the quality of life and provide patients with comfort and dignity when medical treatment is no longer helping. This article outlines what hospice care includes, the hospice care team, and additional resources.