Hospice begins to serve when comfort, not cure, becomes the main objective.
Physicians are trained to cure and we look to them to be our "warriors" against disease. That's one reason many doctors continue aggressively treating patients with life-limiting illnesses, even when there is no hope for cure. Their mission is to fight death and they do it so valiantly.
Yet, studies show Americans would gladly trade quantity of life for quality of life. We would rather spend our final days in comfort, surrounded by loved ones at home, than in a hospital dealing with treatment side effects.