Advanced cancer- planning ahead for legal and practical matters
- Thinking about how you feel about different types of medical treatment, including if you want to stop treatment at any stage or carry on for as long as possible.
- Writing an advance care directive. This is where you can write down your wishes about your medical care. Doctors can use this if you are not well enough to say what you want.
- Picking someone to make medical decisions for you if you are not well enough (this person is called your ‘patient-designated healthcare representative’).
- Making a will.
- Thinking about any preferences you have about the end of your life, such as whether you prefer to stay at home, if possible, or if you think you would like to stay in a hospital or hospice.
- Talking about what you want to your family, friends, carers and healthcare providers.
Who can help me plan?
Useful resources for planning ahead
A planning booklet with easy-to-read forms to fill in to record your personal, medical, financial and legal information and preferences. Published by the Forum on End of Life in Ireland.
- Personal information
- Care preferences – How you would like to be cared for, who should be included in discussions about your care, religious and cultural wishes, living wills, life-sustaining treatment
- Legal matters – Making a will, giving power of attorney
- Financial matters – Bank accounts, pension, life insurance
Helpful guide to financial matters for people with a serious illness. Published by the Money Advice and Budgeting Service