If you are told your cancer has advanced, you may want to ask your doctor or health care team about hospice care. You should understand the expected benefits of hospice care, along with any restrictions for treatment or other services if you decide to start hospice care. Here are some general questions to consider asking. (For questions to ask when choosing a hospice service, see Finding a Hospice Program.)
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Hospice Directory. Hospice Myths and Realities. Accessed at www.hospicedirectory.org/cm/about/choosing/myths_facts on April 20, 2016.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Hospice Care. 7/23/2015. Accessed at www.nhpco.org/about/hospice-care on April 20, 2016.
Last Revised: May 10, 2019