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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

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Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, Version 1.2016

Hospice care is all about your quality of life. Services

can be provided in your home, a hospice facility,

or even in the hospital. A major goal is to keep you

pain-free and make sure that you can leave this

world comfortably and with dignity. Hospice doctors,

nurses, social workers, and chaplains are experts

in helping patients work through the spiritual and

emotional challenges of coping with the end of life.

Because hospice care is focused on making you

as comfortable as possible, the hospice team may

stop medications that aren’t adding anything to your

overall quality of life. The goal is to ensure that you

don’t have to take any more pills or injections than

are absolutely necessary.

Providing support for family members is a major part

of the hospice approach to end-of-life care. Most

programs offer counseling and support groups for

family members, including support after the patient

has died. This is referred to as bereavement. It can

be enormously comforting to know that your loved

ones will have that kind of support after you are

gone.

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Supportive care is the treatment of symptoms

of a disease.

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Talc pleurodesis or a pleural catheter can treat

pleural effusion.

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Radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or pain

medication may be used to treat chest pain.

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Talk to your doctor about ways to quit smoking

and about treatment for distress.

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Advance care planning is all about making sure

that your end-of-life wishes are understood and

respected.

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Hospice is a type of care designed to provide

medical, psychological, and spiritual support to

terminally ill patients and the people who love

them.

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Supportive care

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