A good piece on the need to understand the values of your doctor and medical team, and have an open discussion of what is important to you and your family (earlier post End-of-Life Decision Factors: Don’t Forget Your Doctor’s Religiosity also looks at this issue). Quote:
Medical recommendations often depend on non-medical judgments. If your oncologist cares primarily about how long you live, and downplays the importance of your quality of life, she might recommend a treatment that doesn’t match your own values.
When getting any kind of medical advice, remember that the right decision often depends as much on your values as on the medical facts at hand. Don’t seek or accept advice from a physician until you feel they, at a minimum, understand your values, such as how much you care about quantity versus quality of life.
If you ever face an illness forcing you to decide between living long or prospering, make sure it is your values that rule the day, not your doctor’s.