A doctor & terminally ill cancer patient musing about life & death

A good piece on death and dying, and the various tools to help patient-doctor dialogue (e.g., the Liverpool Care Pathway), and the inevitable controversies that emerge (the UK version of the ‘death panels’ inanity). As always, the preventive and anticipative aspect of such discussions is key. Quote:

One thing in life is certain; we are all going to die. We need to talk openly about it and plan for it properly. Tools such as the LCP and GSF help doctors to work with their patients to achieve this. It is a scary thought but accepting that not all illnesses can be cured, challenging both the societal taboo about dying and the expectation for eternal youth and health will mean many more people can achieve a ‘good death’ and in turn those left behind can grieve knowing their loved one had a comfortable and dignified end.

drkategranger | A doctor & terminally ill cancer patient musing about life & death.

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