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When a cure is not possible

If the time approaches when a cure is not possible, your health care team can still offer you meaningful help.


Hospice is for people who have 6 months or fewer to live.

Palliative care is for people who have 2 years or fewer to live.

They can connect you to a home care or hospice service near you. Many families report that hospice services during the final 6 months of life help to bring tremendous peace and comfort to both them and the patient.

Hospice and palliative care service provides comfort when a cure is not possible. It is a set of services that can be tailored to the needs of the patient and the family. (It is not only for cancer patients.)

Research shows that patients and families who participate in hospice programs appreciate the coordinated support services, expert pain management, spiritual support, home care and bereavement services hospice provides.



Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Helping Your Heart, fourth edition, cvs-ahc-90648

First published: 10/04/2002
Last updated: 06/01/2007

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts