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Caring for Cancer Patients


Overview & Objectives

Patients with a primary diagnosis of cancer are one of the most common types of terminal illnesses in hospice.  They have typically reached the point where life-prolonging interventions are no longer effective and their prognosis is weeks to months.  In this module the criteria for admission to hospice is covered as well as the most common types of cancer and sites for metastasis.  Hospice aide care in cancer patients is determined by the type of cancer and parts of the body and systems affected which is reviewed within the hospice aide scope of practice.  Also included is a section on general comfort measures that can be provided by hospice aides.  The learning objectives for this module include:

  • List the criteria for a terminal cancer patient to be admitted to hospice
  • List the most common cancers and sites of metastasis
  • Describe how cancer metastasizes in the body
  • Review the hospice aide’s duties in caring for cancer patients
  • Describe general comfort measures for patients with cancer


  • Learning Module
  • Group Exercise:  Comfort Measures for Cancer Patients
  • Test Questions
  • Instructor Answer Key
  • Attendance Sheet
  • Evaluation Form
  • Certificate of Attendance