There are many kinds of treatment that can help you live longer. These may be needed for only a short time until your illness improves. Or you may use them over the long term to help keep you alive.
Some treatments include the use of:
The decision to receive treatments that may help you live longer is a personal one. You may want your doctor to do everything possible to keep you alive, even when your chance for recovery is small. Or you may choose to only have care to manage your pain and other symptoms.
Thinking about the facts and your feelings can help you make a decision that is right for you. Be sure you understand the benefits and risks of your options, and think about what else you need to do before you make the decision.
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Current as of: September 24, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Jean S. Kutner, MD, MSPH - Geriatric Medicine, Palliative Medicine & Robin L. Fainsinger, MB, ChB, LMCC, CCFP - Palliative Medicine
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