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National Healthcare Decisions Day is Friday, April 16, 2021

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April 16, 2021
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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.

  1. Pick your person to be your health care decision maker
  2. Think about what you would want if you became seriously ill
  3. Talk about what matters most to you

For more information on National Healthcare Decisions Day and additional resources:

The Conversation Project: https://theconversationproject.org/nhdd/ Provides updates on COVID-19 resources and advance directives.

The Virginia State Bar: https://www.vsb.org/site/public/healthcare-decisions-day

The VCS social workers are 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. Tracy Tierney, LCSW, OSW-C, can be reached at (703) 208-9383 or Tracy.Tierney@USOncology.com. Won Cho, BSW can be reached at (703) 208-9389 or Won.Cho@USOncology.com. The VCS Palliative Medicine physicians are also a great resource for discussing your treatment plan and goals of care. Your oncologist and other team members can refer you to our palliative care providers and social work team.

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