Health Care Directives

You have the right to accept or refuse medical/surgical treatment at any time. Physicians and other health care professionals must respect your decision, as long as it is legally and ethically acceptable. A health care directive assures your wishes are communicated to your health care providers.
-- Manitoba Medical Association

During treatment for metastatic breast cancer, it is prudent to make decisions in anticipation of a time when your care might become more acute.

In particular, finalizing a Will, a notice of Power of Attorney and a Health Directive ("Living Will") may give you and your loved ones peace of mind.

A Health Care Directive allows you to give advance written instructions about possible treatments should you become unable to communicate otherwise. The staff of CancerCare Manitoba's Psychosocial Oncology Department are available to assist you as well.

It also allows you to name someone (a proxy) to make medical decisions on your behalf if you become incapable.

A doctor, nurse, lawyer, counsellor, or member of the clergy may assist you in attending to these concerns. We would encourage you to then communicate your decisions to your physician, family and friends.

ribbon bullet  Please also see: Preparing a Health Care Directive