Making sure your health care team and your family understand your treatment wishes may help you be more in control of your own health care.
You may want to prepare an advance directive, commonly called a living will. Advance directives outline the kind of care you would like if you become unable to speak for yourself and make your own medical decisions. Having your wishes known to your family and medical team also means your loved ones will be able to make decisions on your behalf.
Getting your care decisions on paper
Talk to your transplant center social worker about preparing an advance directive. He or she can guide you through the process. Advance directives are legal documents, and are different in each state. The types of advance directives include:
- A living will
- A durable power of attorney
- A health care proxy
Visit the National Cancer Institute for more information on advance directives.