If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a terminal cancer, facing end-of-life issues and decisions can be a difficult challenge. Your search for the absolute best care and support does not end when you are told that curative treatment options are no longer recommended. Taking the time to learn about hospice and the level of care it offers to cancer patients will help you understand all of the available options and better prepare you to make the time you have more comfortable.
While there are cancer treatments that can help a patient live longer and better, once these treatment options are exhausted, it becomes a very personal decision for the patient about how long they want to continue the fight. When the side effects of chemotherapy outweigh the possible benefits, that’s when many cancer patients decide to stop treatment and consider alternative options like hospice care.
Hospice Care for Terminal Cancer Patients
Hospice care for cancer patients is often described as an approach that treats the patient, not the disease. The goal of hospice is to make the patient as comfortable and as pain free as possible.
At Alliance Hospice we recognize the courage it takes to help a loved one who is suffering from a terminal illness. We also understand the physical and emotional stress it places on you to care for this loved one.
If you are reading the information on this web page, chances are you, or someone you love, is facing a difficult physical and emotional battle against cancer. Your search for answers to important questions about care and support for your loved one do not stop when you are confronted with realization that there may be no available curative treatment options for the cancer. The physical hardship of cancer happens to the patient, but this illness affects the family as a whole. Alliance hospice care for cancer patients is here to help you and your loved ones get answers to your questions.
We provide comprehensive hospice care and support services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through our compassionate, experienced and well-trained interdisciplinary team of hospice nurses, home health aides, hospice social workers, therapists, bereavement counselors and volunteers. We always put patients and families first and strive to make every interaction with you and your loved one more meaningful.
Alliance Hospice recognizes the emotional toll and immense courage it takes to help a loved one who is suffering from a terminal illness like cancer. Call Alliance today to see if hospice care is an appropriate option.
When is it time to discuss hospice care for a patient with Cancer?
Despite the best efforts of all parties involved, the patient, the doctors and the families, sometimes cancer treatments simply stop working. It can be difficult to determine when a cancer patient should be considered for hospice care; however, cancer patients are considered to be in the “end-stage” when a physician certifies that they have a life expectancy of 6 months or less.
A clinical determination of a cancer patient’s life expectancy can only be made by a doctor. However, following is a list of end of life symptoms commonly seen in terminally ill cancer patients. These symptoms may be a sign that the cancer has progressed and that the patient and their loved ones would both benefit from the services offered by hospice care.