We would like to clarify some misleading information about the role of Macmillan and Marie Curie nurses that appeared in an article about dying at home on 15 April. Macmillan nurses do not themselves provide basic nursing care for cancer patients at home. They are specialist advisers who arrange practical help and nursing care, and who offer emotional support. Marie Curie nurses do provide practical nursing care overnight and throughout the day in the patient's home.