Patients and experts explore what it takes to find good health care and make the most of it.

Stephanie Sugars is a patient activist and advocate who speaks and writes about metastatic breast cancer and her rare genetic disorder, Peutz-Jeghers syndrome. She writes about living with a serious illness and conscious dying on her self-titled blog Stephanie Sugars.

Ms. Sugars' photo is by Longwillow.

I Wish I'd Known Earlier...Palliative Care Is Not a Mandate Not to Treat

Stephanie Sugars | August 13, 2013
When I signed up for palliative care in 2011, I thought I’d made my last medical decisions. In the future I’d take the least-invasive, lowest-cost approach to medical care and forego dramatic, expensive treatments. If only life with advanced cancer were so simple!