Advanced Cancer - Palliative Care & Hospice Care

Advanced cancer is cancer that cannot be cured. It may be referred to as end-stage or terminal cancer. However, incurable does not mean untreatable. People with advanced cancer continue to have options for treatment and can maintain a good quality of life.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is working with oncologists and their care teams to help patients and their families talk about advanced cancer and identify the best, individualized treatment plan for each patient. ASCO is the world’s leading professional organization representing doctors who care for people with cancer. The content in this booklet is adapted from ASCO’s patient information website, Cancer.Net (

The attached PDF booklet is designed to help people with advanced cancer and their family and caregivers understand the diagnosis and treatment options, discuss these options for care throughout the course of the illness, and find support.