Deciding about treatments that prolong life

Palliative care - treatments that prolong life; Palliative care - life support; End-of-life-treatments that prolong life; Ventilator - treatments that prolong life; Respirator - treatments that prolong life; Life-support - treatments that prolong life; Cancer - treatments that prolong life

Sometimes after injury or a long illness, the main organs of the body no longer work properly without support. Your health care provider may tell you that these organs will not repair themselves.

Medical care to prolong life can keep you alive when these organs stop working well. The treatments extend your life, but do not cure your illness. These are called life-sustaining treatments.

Life-sustaining Treatments

Making the Decision for Yourself

Making Your Wishes Known

Making the Decision for a Loved one