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What are some medical conditions commonly referred to hospice?

Even though cancer remains one of the most common hospice diagnoses, many other terminal conditions are now very routinely referred to hospice.

Conditions other than cancer that are commonly referred to hospice are

  • lung disease (chronic obstructive lung disease, COPD);
  • heart disease, congestive heart failure;
  • stroke;
  • coma;
  • advanced liver disease, cirrhosis;
  • end-stage kidney disease;
  • dementia (Alzheimer's or other types);
  • advanced neurologic diseases (Parkinson's disease, ALS);
  • human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/AIDS.

In reality, no specific restrictions exist as to what conditions can be referred to hospice. Any disease that is deemed end stage is not reversible, and its further treatment poses more burden than benefit can be considered for referral to hospice.

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