|Posted by Palliative Care Physician on November 3, 2012 at 1:05 AM|
The conversations nobody wants to have shape lives. Delicate and highly personal, they are as different as we are.
They decide questions as weighty as “One more round of chemo that might give me some more time, or live out the rest of my life without the problems it will surely bring?”
At their best, discussions about a cancer diagnosis, prognosis and the end of treatment are gentle, honest and respectful. At their worst, they are abrupt and don’t honor the needs of the individual...