Hospice care can begin when a person has a life expectancy of 6 months or less (as estimated by the person’s doctor and confirmed by the hospice program’s medical director.  Some hospice programs only enroll people who have stopped active treatment.  Others enroll people who are still getting cancer treatment (sometimes called “open access” programs).  A “DNR” (do not resuscitate) order isn’t required to enroll in a hospice program.  CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) can still be given if a person stops breathing or his or her heart stops beating.

Source:  Susan G. Komen  2019