Is having an Advanced Care Plan important for me or my loved one with cancer during COVID-19?
Advance Care Planning is a process of planning for future health care needs. This considers a person’s values, beliefs and preferences to inform medical treatment decision-making at a future time when the person cannot make or communicate their own wishes or decisions. It is an important part of routine and person-centred health care for all Australians.
Anyone can and should make an advanced care plan, but these become more important in situations where someone has been diagnosed with an illness or condition that may impact their ability to make important medical decisions.
Advance Care Planning is important at any time, but even more so during uncertain times such as these. People with cancer need to consider how the COVID-19 situation may affect their health care preferences. People should consider what are acceptable and unacceptable health outcomes for them and talk to your doctor about your options.
Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.