Hospice Criteria for Cancer:
Palliative Performance Score (PPS) ≤ 70% (see table below)
Dependence on assistance for 2 or more activities of daily living (e.g. feeding, transferring, ambulation, bathing, continence, dressing)
Disease specific guidelines:
Disease with distance metastases at presentation
Progression from an earlier stage of disease to metastatic disease with either a continued decline in spite of definitive therapy or patient declines further disease directed therapy
Certain cancers with poor prognoses (e.g. small cell lung cancer, pancreatic cancer).
Decision to forego any curative treatment.