Nearing the End of Life

Many patients with advanced cancer and their caregivers have questions about what they might expect during the last few months of life. In this section you can find information on what to expect when you or someone you care for are nearing the end of life, as well as information on hospice care and on coping with the loss of a loved one.

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Nearing the End of Life

Many patients and family members have questions about what they might expect during the last few months of life. You may have some of the same questions. The information in this guide has been written to help answer some of the questions that patients and family members ask about what to expect during the last few months of life.

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Hospice Care

Here we describe hospice care, which provides humane and compassionate care for people in the last phases of an incurable disease so that they may live as fully and comfortably as possible.

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Advance Directives

An advance health care directive is a kind of legal document that tells your doctor your wishes about your health care. Here we review general information about different advance health care directives, like health care power of attorney, living wills, do-not-resuscitate, and other agreements like these.

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Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Find out about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), a law that allows employees to take reasonable unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons. It can provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year.

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Coping with the Loss of a Loved One

Losing a loved one to cancer can be a painful and difficult time. In this guide, we discuss the grieving process and offer tips that may help you cope with your loss.

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