Average life expectancy of cancer patient in hospice? JocelynJOJO Due November 29; 32 kids; Honolulu, Hawaii 747 posts
7th Oct '11

My aunty was recently admitted to a hospice because her treatment for her cancer has stopped working...she is still very young...but my question is. is there a minimum life expectancy for a patient in order to be admitted to a hospice...or how long do patients normally live after letting the advanced stages of cancer take its course. w.o treatment and the only meds being painkillers....

Zombie Mom ✄ 1 child; Washington 13824 posts
7th Oct '11

My grandma was there for maybe 3? months with cancer. I don't remember exactly what kind.

Zipo Bibrok [LIVR] 3 kids; Baton Rouge, Louisiana 10565 posts
7th Oct '11

You can only be on hospice of your prognosis is less than a year.

I'm His Amy He's My Rory 2 kids; Caldwell, Idaho 49366 posts
7th Oct '11

Myth: A physician decides whether a patient should receive hospice care and which agency should provide that care.
The role of the physician is to recommend care, whether hospice or traditional curative care. It is the patient's right (or in some cases the right of the person who holds power of attorney) and decision to determine when hospice is appropriate and which program suits his or her needs. Before entering a hospice, however, a physician must certify that a patient has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and has a life expectancy of six months or less.

Titties :) 2 kids; Beaverton, Oregon 53705 posts
7th Oct '11

My grandpa stopped fighting and died a month later.

hesnotyourpet 1 child; Pittsburgh, PA, United States 98 posts
7th Oct '11

My grandmother had an in home Hospice (Her wish being to die at home) who we saw every day for 8 months before she died from lung and cervical Cancer.

❥New Beginnings Due September 2; TTC since Jul 2012; 1 child; California 16189 posts
7th Oct '11

Both my Grand mother and mom's dad were on hospice, neither of them lived past the 3 months they were expected to live