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Virginia Cancer Specialists recognizes the importance of talking with patients and families about their goals of care. Completing advance directives is an important task in ensuring that those that you love and trust are aware of your treatment preferences, should you be unable to make those decisions. Having a conversation about your goals of care and documenting this will guide your appointed decision maker in helping you receive that care that you need/prefer. The VCS social worker is available to begin the conversation about advance directives and how to complete necessary forms. We can address issues such as how to choose a health care agent, how to talk to your doctor, and how to discuss this with family/friends. Feel free to schedule an appointment with Tracy Tierney, LCSW, Oncology Social Worker.
For more information on National Healthcare Decisions Day: www.nhdd.org