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Sandy was posted 12/03/1999 08:47 am by Heather (SW)
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Dear Sandy, First of all, let me apologize for not replying to your message faster. We have had some trouble with the site. Anyway, hospice is a benefit that a patient must qualify for. In order to do this, a physican must say that a patient has a less than 6 month prognosis. Once that is done, then a patient must agree to a hospice philosophy - which is that this is only pallitative care. Comfort measures. No additional surgeries or treatment is to be done. At this point, everyone in the family accepts that the condition is terminal and that hospice is there for counseling, support, and to help make the patient as comfortable as possible. If this is the case, the physican makes the hospice referral. If this isn't the case for your loved one, then other options like homecare or nursing aids may be a solution. I would suggest speaking to the oncologist and the oncologist's social worker about your concerns. They will be able to assist you in the the best way. - Heather

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