Advance Directives

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More information from your American Cancer Society

Here is more information you might find helpful. You also can order free copies of our documents from our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345, or read them on our website,

Talking with people about cancer

Talking With Friends and Relatives About Your Cancer (also in Spanish)

Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing With Diagnosis

Listen With Your Heart (also in Spanish)

Advanced cancer

Advanced Cancer

Nearing the End of Life

Hospice Care (also in Spanish)

Financial Guidance for Cancer Survivors and Their Families: Advanced Illness

Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing With a Parent’s Terminal Illness


Your American Cancer Society also has books that you might find helpful. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit our bookstore online at to find out about costs or to place an order.

National organizations and websites*

Along with the American Cancer Society, other sources of information and support include:

American Bar Association – Consumer’s Tool Kit for Health Care Advance Planning

    Free online tool kit includes worksheets, tips, guides, and resources to help you think and talk about your values, priorities, the meaning of your life, and your quality of life to help you put together the best advance directive for you

Caring Connections, from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)
Toll-free number: 1-800-658-8898 (answers as “End-of-Life Consumer Helpline”)

    Website lists each states’ requirements for advance directives and has free downloads of “State-Specific Advance Directives” with forms and instructions for each state

Compassion and Choices
Toll-free number: 1-800-247-7421

    Offers worksheets, forms, and help in completing advance directives, and in talking to families, friends, and health care providers about your health care wishes

Aging with Dignity
Toll-free number: 1-888-5WISHES (1-888-594-7437)

    To learn about and buy the Five Wishes advance directive, which is available in 26 languages and in Braille

Cancer Legal Resource Center
Toll-free number: 1-866-843-2572 (1-866-THE-CLRC)

    Offers free and low-cost legal information and referrals to people with cancer. If no one answers the phone, leave a number and message for call back.

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Toll-free number: 1-800-422-6237 (1-800-4-CANCER)

    Has information on advance planning and advance directives

*Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by the American Cancer Society.

No matter who you are, we can help. Contact us anytime, day or night, for cancer-related information and support. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

Last Medical Review: 05/21/2015
Last Revised: 06/24/2015