What is cancer and when is it considered terminal?

Every type of cancer develops in our body’s cells, starting with a single cell. We have trillions of cells in our body that, like us, grow, and multiply to form new cells. Eventually, they grow old or get damaged and die.

Cancer occurs when this process is damaged and abnormal. Damaged cells multiply rapidly when they shouldn’t. These damaged cells are responsible for tumors and lumps. They can occur in any part of the body and affect almost everyone.

Amongst the one hundred different types of cancer, the most common ones are

  • Lung Cancer

  • Breast Cancer

  • Brain Cancer

  • Prostate Cancer

  • Bladder Cancer

  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

  • Kidney Cancer

  • Renal Cancer

Although it can be difficult to assess at what stage cancer will become fatal, it is essential to have a hospice plan in hand when the moment arrives.

Some cancer statistics and facts

  1. One in six deaths worldwide is caused by cancer.
  2. Many cancers can be cured if treated and detected early; hence regular checkups and exams are essential.
  3. Low-income countries have higher death rates from cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV) and hepatitis. These last two are responsible for 30% of cancer cases.
  4. Leading causes of cancer are smoking tobacco, obesity, alcohol consumption, low fruit and vegetable intake, and a sedentary lifestyle.
    In the United States, in 2022, there will be 1.9 million new cancer cases diagnosed and around 609,360 cancer deaths.

How can I be eligible for hospice care if I have cancer?

If you or a loved one is an end-stage cancer patient, you can qualify for hospice care. Some eligibility guidelines and criteria are

  • If you have metastatic cancer.
  • Scoring 70% or less on the Palliative Performance Scale.
  • If you are unable to perform daily activities of living independently.
  • Spend more than half of your day in bed, on a chair, or in a single room.
  • Unable to move or communicate properly.
  • If your condition is terminal and has a life expectancy of fewer than six months.
  • Choosing not to continue with disease-directed treatment. (Palliative radiation or chemotherapy can be excluded).

Ascend Hospice Care

How does Ascend care for cancer patients?

How does Ascend care for cancer patients?

Hospice care for cancer patients can bring the comfort, peace, and support they need during these difficult times. At Ascend Hospice Care, we have experience and a specialized treatment program for patients currently dealing with cancer.

Hospice care is an excellent option for the patient because of its emotional support. We can help provide a higher quality of life with our team of nurses and volunteers. With our 24/7 care, hospice care is a personalized and tailored way to manage cancer.