Nearing the End of Life

Learning that you have advanced cancer – cancer that’s growing and not responding to treatment – may make you feel lost and afraid. At this point, you know that the cancer is not going away and the time you have left to live probably is limited. But knowing what to expect and being prepared to deal with it can enable you to get the support and care you need so you can have the very best quality of life possible.

This can be a time to focus on physical, spiritual, emotional, and family concerns. Patients and family members often have questions about what might happen during these last months of life. Understanding what to expect both physically and emotionally during these last few months might help you live fully and get the most out of this last phase of your life.