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Is hospice care just for cancer patients?

Juliet Wilkinson
Oncology Nursing
Unequivocally, no. Hospice care is not just for cancer patients. Hospice and palliative care organizations provide care for anyone who qualifies with a life-limiting illness. According to the Medicare hospice explanation of benefits, this includes anyone suffering an illness curbing their life expectancy to six months or less. Patients in hospice do frequently suffer cancer, but they also include those suffering chronic lung disorders, cognitive disorders such as dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis,  or Lou Gehrig's disease.

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