Dr. Anna Beck with Huntsman Cancer Institute shares three goals that should be discussed and how to start the difficult conversation.

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Nov 15, 2017 — Dealing with a terminal illness is hard. Discussing end-of-life care is important to make sure you and your loved ones know exactly what is important with the time they have left. How do you start talking about end-of-life care and make sure wishes are met? On today's Health Minute, Dr. Anna Beck with Huntsman Cancer Institute shares three goals that should be discussed and how to start the difficult conversation.

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Interview

Announcer: "The Health Minute" produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Have you thought about the things that are most important to you when you're dealing with a serious illness? Dr. Anna Beck is Director of Supportive Oncology and Survivorship at Huntsman Cancer Institute. What should people consider?

Dr. Beck: First, what are your goals of your treatment? Is it to prolong life at all costs, or is it to improve quality of life, or maybe it's a mixture of the two? Second, do your family and your surrogate understand what your wishes are? These are conversations that you need to include them in, and you need to have them with them as often as possible. Third, does your healthcare provider get this as well too? Once again, these are conversations that you may need to initiate with your healthcare provider so that it's very clear to everybody involved.

A good place to start this conversation is through "The Conversation Project." This is an online resource that'll help give you the who, what, when, where and why of how to have these conversations with your family members and your surrogates.

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