Being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness can prompt you to re-examine your priorities and think about what you might need and want to achieve in the weeks, months or years ahead. No matter what stage of cancer you have, thoughts of death and dying will probably come up at some point for you and your loved ones.
Remember that a diagnosis of cancer is not a death sentence. Thanks to improvements in diagnosis and treatment many people are living longer even with advanced stages of the disease. But it’s a good idea to face the emotional and practical issues around death and dying so that you and your loved ones can feel prepared for whatever lies ahead.
Open and honest communication with your doctor and your family is a critical part of preparing emotionally and maintaining as much control as possible. Creating end-of-life plans can also be a source of comfort.
If and when treatment can no longer keep the disease in check, symptom-focused care can be provided by hospice.
Hospice care is one of the most useful resources that can provide care and comfort to people with cancer and family members. Hospice care can be provided at home with specially trained nurses on call 24 hours a day. Hospice enables you to stay at home and receive medical care, pain management, and emotional support from skilled nurses for maximum comfort with minimum hassle.