Dying Cancer Patients: Choices at the End of Life
Severson, Kirsten Toverud
Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 1997 Aug; 14(2): 94-98.
Physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia have recently received considerable attention in the literature and in the courts. Surveys have been conducted assessing physicians' attitudes toward euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. Five patients were followed and counseled in a cancer support group from time of diagnosis of their malignancies until death. These case reports demonstrate the need for further studies to include interviews of dying patients. Review of these cases indicates that factors in addition to pain management and the treatment of depression, such as care by family members, support groups, and spiritual concerns, can influence patients not to act on their previous requests for euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide.
Assisted Suicide; Attitudes; Cancer; Case Studies; Communication; Death; Decision Making; Depressive Disorder; Diagnosis; Dying Patients; Euthanasia; Family Members; Family Relationship; Health; Health Care; Interviews; Life; Literature; Opioid Analgesics; Pain; Palliative Care; Pastoral Care; Patients; Physicians; Psychology; Review; Suicide; Surveys; Terminal Care; Terminally Ill; Voluntary Euthanasia;
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