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Myth: Hospice Care is Not Provided With Comforting Treatments

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MYTH: "I didn't consider hospice care early enough because dad was still getting blood transfusions regularly.  We weren't ready to stop because each time he would get one, it seemed to make him feel better for a few days.  We just wanted him to feel like himself for as long as possible."

TRUTH: "The Medicare Hospice Benefit may cover chemotherapy, radiation, blood transfusions or other treatments if those treatments are providing comfort for patients eligible to receive the benefit (life expectancy of six months or less if the illness runs its normal course).