A mesothelioma diagnosis can be devastating for the victim and those close to him or her. Until there is a cure for this disease, families must deal with the reality of a mesothelioma diagnosis.
For many people, exposure to asbestos occurred decades before mesothelioma was diagnosed. It is a type of cancer that has a very long latency period. However, once mesothelioma is diagnosed, the cancer may have spread to other areas of the body. People with advanced mesothelioma may have a life expectancy of a year or less. People with early stages of mesothelioma have a better prognosis and higher life expectancy.
As you or a loved one enters the final phases of life, hospice may be something you want to consider.
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What Is Hospice?
Hospice is a type of care that is provided for individuals who are terminally ill. Hospice is generally an option for individuals who have a life expectancy of six months or less. A patient may request to be placed in hospice or a doctor may make a referral.
Hospice is intended to improve quality of life for those with terminal illnesses. Hospice caregivers are specially trained to help address issues that arise during the final stages of life.
What To Expect From Hospice
Hospice programs can vary greatly and are centered around the individual's specific needs. Most hospice programs address the following:
- Pain management: This allows the patient to enjoy his or her last months with reduced pain and discomfort.
- Flexibility: Hospice can be provided at home or in a hospital. Often, the patient may live at home most of the time, but may require periods of hospitalization. Hospice can be provided in both settings, as well as a nursing home.
- Medical care: To give family caregivers time away from caregiving, respite care is often provided as a part of hospice. A nurse of other medical provider can provide care for a specific amount of time, giving family members a chance to rest.
- Bereavement support: After the passing of an individual in hospice care, the hospice team may provide bereavement support. This may be done through a clergyman, spiritual adviser, or other individual or support group.
As each hospice program is different, it is important to find a program that meets your loved one's needs.
Finding Hospice Care
Talk to your doctor to find out what hospice care is available in your area. Additional hospice resources can be found:
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