Planning for the future with advanced cancer

Advance care planning in Scotland

Find information about ways to plan ahead and make choices about your future care if you have advanced cancer and live in Scotland

  • Planning ahead

    Planning ahead can help people know what care you would like if you become unable to make choices yourself.

  • Making a will

    Having an up-to-date will ensures that your wishes for who you would like to leave your estate to are guaranteed.

  • Your wishes for your care

    When you are planning ahead, it is important to think about how and where you would like to be cared for.

  • Power of Attorney

    A Power of Attorney (PoA) allows you to choose someone to make decisions on your behalf.

  • Advance Directives

    An Advance Directive is a written statement of your wishes to refuse certain treatments in the future.

  • Organ and tissue donation

    Having, or having had, cancer may affect the organs or tissue that you can donate.

  • Funeral planning

    Planning your funeral in advance means your family and friends can arrange the type of funeral you would like.

  • Managing your care if you haven't planned ahead

    If you have not planned ahead and become unable to make decisions, other people will need to make decisions for you.

  • Mental capacity

    The Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 aims to protect people who cannot make a decision for themselves.