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Make your wishes known

An advance care plan, or advance directive, states how you want to be cared for if you can’t speak for yourself. Here’s what it involves. 

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Choose a health care advocate

This person will make decisions about your care for you.  

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Think about what you want

Talk to your advocate about the care you do and don’t want.   

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Write it down and share your plan

Fill out an advance care form and share it with your advocate, doctor and others. 

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FAQ

No. Every adult should have an advance care plan. Accidents, emergencies and sudden illnesses can happen anytime. A plan is an important part of your medical record. It tells your doctor, advocate and loved ones how you want to be cared for. 

No. A lawyer can help if you want, but it’s not required. Just know that your plan needs to be in writing and signed by witnesses.  

Yes. You can go over your plan and change it anytime. Remember, it’s used only if you can’t speak for yourself. Until then, you’ll make all decisions for yourself. 

Your advocate can be anyone you want, including a spouse, friend or family member. It should be someone who is at least 18 years old and: 

  • Knows you well 
  • Is calm in a crisis 
  • Understands what you want 
  • Will speak up for you and ask good questions 
  • Can reassure and talk with your family 

Doctors usually follow an advance care plan across state lines. But if you move to another state, it’s a good idea to create a new plan. Many states have their own advance care forms. Find your state’s directive at caringinfo.org.

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Advanced care

Supportive care

Supportive care is for people with a serious or ongoing medical problem. It offers you and your family an extra level of care.  

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Our specialists are experts in a wide range of cancers.* We’ll get to know you and do everything we can to help you get well.  

Get an advance care planning worksheet

Don’t leave your medical care to chance. This worksheet will help you think about your values and the kind of care you want.  

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*Cancer care services vary by location. Check with your doctor’s office or health plan for specific information.