Lung Cancer: Planning for the Future
Having a plan for your future can be a great source of comfort. You can help make sure you get the type of care you want. Or if someone else needs to decide about your treatment, you can choose that person ahead of time. By taking care of these details, you may feel more at ease.
Being in control
Do what you can to stay in control of your illness during and after treatment. Look for information about surviving with cancer. Check the library, look online, or join a support group. If you want, let others become involved in your health, too. Your close friends and loved ones may provide support when you need it most.
Advance medical directives
Advance medical directives are legal statements that explain your healthcare wishes. You can describe which treatments you want or when you want treatment to end. You can also name someone, such as a spouse, a close friend, or a sibling, to make treatment choices for you. Your healthcare provider can give you forms and answer your questions.
You may not have a need for hospice care now or in the future. But if a time comes when you are not responding to treatment, hospice can give support. Hospice provides comfort and care when treatments such as chemotherapy are no longer helpful. Hospice can give as little or as much help as needed. Its focus is to keep you feeling as good as possible for as long as possible. You and your loved ones are at the center of care. A hospice care provider can come to your home. So you may not need to see your regular healthcare provider as often. This can ease worry for you, and for others in your life, too.
February 14, 2018
Gersten, Todd, MD,Stump-Sutliff, Kim, RN, MSN, AOCNS