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    Facing a Loss

    caregiver handsOver the most valiant efforts of patients and doctors, sometimes breast cancer takes its toll.

    Accepting the loss is hard, but for those facing end-of-life issues, there is help.

    Up ahead you'll find tools and resources for making decisions on both legal and medical issues faced by patients and caregivers, as well expert advice for conveying last wishes and support for loved ones.


    You Are Not Alone - Online booklet in several chapters with help & advice on living with cancer, dealing with medications and treatment, end of life care, and leaving instructions for loved ones.

    American College of Physicians Home Care Guide
    This guide to home care is geared to both the cancer patient and the caregiver. Sensible help for the difficulties involved in dealing with advanced cancer.

    Advance Directives
    A major portal from MedlinePlus.com with resources & links to information on end-of-life decision making, guidance for proxies and caregivers, living wills and other tools to convey medical wishes.

    National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization
    Dedicated to improved care and caring at the end of life, with downloadable advance directive instructions and documents for all 50 U.S. states, searchable database of service providers, grief counselors and other helpful organizations.

    Five Wishes
    A living will, recognized in all but a handful of U.S. states, is available for download at this site. Express your wishes in a legal format.

    Patient Interview
    Toolkit of Instruments to Measure End of Life Care from the Center to Improve Care of the Dying. These are areas that need to be addressed by caregivers.

     

     

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