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Topic: Units of blood on hospice can you do it?

Forum: Palliative Therapy/Hospice Care — A unique forum ONLY for those trying to live well and/or trying to die well.

Posted on: Dec 11, 2013 12:35PM - edited Dec 11, 2013 04:27PM by Rosevalley

Rosevalley wrote:

I'll just call my insurance/HMO and get the answer. Sorry to ask.

Double mastectomy 07/ chemo ACT, Radiation/ 07 Arimidex, 08 Aromasin, 2012 Faslodex, 2014 Afinitor / mets spine, bones 6/2015 mets to omentum, malignant ascites, lung, liver/ 2016 Herceptin, Doxil, Faslodex. Ibrance, Taxol, Abraxane, Navelbine Dx 1/2/2007, ILC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 1, 1/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/2/2012, ILC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/17 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 6/1/2015, ILC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 2, 1/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH)
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Dec 12, 2013 01:30PM leggo wrote:

Hi Rosevalley. I saw your question yesterday, but I was hesitant to post a reply. Sorry you didn't get one. I'm in Canada so things might be a little different. Sometimes they even vary from province to province. Having experienced palliative care myself (that's what we call it here), I can tell you that they will do whatever it takes to make you comfortable. A blood transfusion, however, would not be done here under those circumstances. You have to sign a DNR order to be accepted into palliative care and before that you need a referral from your doctor. Those referrals are only made when all treatment fails and life expectancy is less than 1-2 months. No extreme measures are taken and no important resources are used. Just to be on the safe side, if you want the transfusion, I'd get it before signing up for hospice. like I said though, since I believe your hospice is something that you have to pay for, their protocol and requirements may be quite different in the US. Good luck to you.

"Once more into the fray... Into the last good fight I'll ever know... Live and die on this day... Live and die on this day." - The Grey
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Dec 12, 2013 04:14PM Rosevalley wrote:

I will talk to my PCP tomorrow about getting tanked up for the holidays. "High test/ high octane.. hahaha"... we will see if she will do it. I'll let you know. I figured hospice won't.

Double mastectomy 07/ chemo ACT, Radiation/ 07 Arimidex, 08 Aromasin, 2012 Faslodex, 2014 Afinitor / mets spine, bones 6/2015 mets to omentum, malignant ascites, lung, liver/ 2016 Herceptin, Doxil, Faslodex. Ibrance, Taxol, Abraxane, Navelbine Dx 1/2/2007, ILC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 1, 1/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/2/2012, ILC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/17 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 6/1/2015, ILC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 2, 1/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH)

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