Bethany, OK asked in Elder Law for Oklahoma

Q: My mother has stage 4 cancer and has been in a specialty hospital for several weeks. The doctor advises the only thing

Keeping her alive is the IV nutrition. We would like to look at palliative or hospice care closer to home as she is 45 minutes from home now. Our stepdad thinks she is going to get better and live for years. We understand his hopefulness but disagree with the current plan of care at the specialty hospital. Do we have any rights or ways to take control of medical decisions?

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Charles Watts
Charles Watts
  • Licensed in Oklahoma

A: Sorry you are having g to go through this tough time in your family. If your mother has an advance directive then that is to be followed, including having a medical proxy for making decisions. If she does not then they will turn to next of kin, which starts with spouse.

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