CHCWM – Cancer & Hematology Centers of West Michigan

Advance Care Planning

Few things are more difficult than an advanced diagnosis. The impact of a cancer diagnosis is physical, emotional, and financial. It affects the patient and their loved ones.

Advance Care Planning

We’re here to help you understand your options, ask the right questions, and have the right conversations. Through the Advance Care Planning process, you can assign a patient advocate and record an Advance Directive. If you become unable to advocate for yourself, your patient advocate and Advance Directive will enable us to follow your wishes.

Your Advance Care Planning Team

Our trained staff – which can include Social Workers and/or a Behavioral Psychologist – will guide you through the planning process and answer any questions you may have moving forward. They can help you adjust to life with cancer and provide additional support about your financial and practical concerns.

We encourage all patients to take part in an Advance Care Planning session. You can contact our offices at the following numbers to schedule an appointment:

The National Cancer Institute also has resources available to help patients and families understand the challenges and needs that come with an advanced diagnosis.