healthcare proxy

Pronunciation: (HELTH-kayr PRAK-see)

A type of advance directive that gives a person (such as a relative, lawyer, or friend) the authority to make healthcare decisions for another person. It becomes active when that person loses the ability to make decisions for himself or herself. Also called HCP.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2005-05-23 Date last modified: 2007-01-31