Legal Concerns For Cancer Patients

At The Gathering Place we understand that a cancer diagnosis can affect more than just one’s health.  Legal questions that commonly arise include employment rights for those with cancer and their caregiver and planning for health care and money decisions.   The links below provide information to help you address legal issues that often become a reality of the cancer journey.

Planning for Health Care Decision Making:

Having a plan in place for end of life care can provide security and comfort during an emotionally trying time.  Legal tools like living wills and durable and health care power of attorneys allow those on the cancer journey to focus on their own needs rather than financial or legal burdens.

What is a living will?

  • This is a written, legal document that specifies the actions that should be made about one’s health if he or she is unable to make the decisions him or herself due to illness or incapacity.

What is a power of attorney?

  • This is written, legal authorization to represent or act on another’s behalf in private affairs, business, or some other legal matter.  This may be useful for those touched by cancer if the individual with cancer can not manage his own financial affairs.

What is a health care power of attorney?

  • Also called “health care proxy”, this legal document designates a person to make health care decisions on behalf of another person.  Health care power of attorney is commonly granted to well-trusted family or friends.

Advance Care Planning for Health Care Decision Making

  • Hospice of the Western Reserve provides, Courage in Conversation, a pamphlet with caring and useful information on how to approach the topic of advance care planning with those facing end of life care.
  • They provide Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney sample paperwork to help make the process easier to understand.
  • Click here for a link to the PDF.  Please note The Gathering Place maintains neutrality regarding all health care organizations.


Employment Rights:

The National Coalition for Cancer Survivors (NCCS) Employment Rights

  • Employment rights for cancer patients and survivors are clearly explained on the NCCS website.
  • Click here to view the page.



Please call The Gathering Place at 216-595-9546 with further questions.