NCCN Guidelines for Patients
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
Supportive care is the treatment of symptoms
of a disease.
Talc pleurodesis or a pleural catheter can treat
Radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or pain
medication may be used to treat chest pain.
Talk to your doctor about ways to quit smoking
and about treatment for distress.
Advance care planning is all about making sure
that your end-of-life wishes are understood and
Hospice is a type of care designed to provide
medical, psychological, and spiritual support to
terminally ill patients and the people who love