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Tube Feeding Fact Sheet

There are many things to think about when making a choice about tube feeding for yourself, or for someone who is very ill. The questions you might ask are:

  • Will my loved one live longer, or possibly die sooner, after having a feeding tube placed?

  • Will the benefit of a feeding tube outweigh any risks and discomfort?

  • Will placing a feeding tube allow for treatment that is likely to cure the illness?

Discussing personal, religious and cultural values in, the person’s overall medical condition, and life expectancy are important in decision-making. Talking with a doctor, as well as a chaplain or faith leader, may help.

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