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How soon after a palliative care decision is physician made for cancer treatments to stop does a person enter a hospice?

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Dr. Harold Fields
Family Medicine
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In brief: Hospice

It depends on a lot of criteria but mainly occurs when the patient is unable to stay at home because the caregiver is unable to keep the patient comfortable or the patient's condition is such that he or she requires end of life terminal care.

In brief: Hospice

It depends on a lot of criteria but mainly occurs when the patient is unable to stay at home because the caregiver is unable to keep the patient comfortable or the patient's condition is such that he or she requires end of life terminal care.
Dr. Harold Fields
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Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine

In brief: This is complicated

Much of the decision to enter hospice level of care is related to a patient's present symptoms.
If a patient has a terminal condition but isn't in pain or very symptomatic, then hospice type care may not be necessary. If a patient has very debilitating symptoms like pain or shortness of breath that isn't going to readily improve with other nonhospice type interventions then hospice is reasonable

In brief: This is complicated

Much of the decision to enter hospice level of care is related to a patient's present symptoms.
If a patient has a terminal condition but isn't in pain or very symptomatic, then hospice type care may not be necessary. If a patient has very debilitating symptoms like pain or shortness of breath that isn't going to readily improve with other nonhospice type interventions then hospice is reasonable
Dr. Stephen Southard
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