Thinking more about end-of-life care - Feb 8th, 2011 - Health
The American Society of Clinical Oncologyis is pushing for more candor in the care of dying cancer patients. More discussion needs to take place in planning end-of-life care. The group says too often, patients are not told about options like comfort care or even that their chemo has become futile until the end.
The group has developed an easy-to-read booklet about those choices, from standard care to symptom relief, and advice about the right questions to ask.
ASCO chief executive Dr. Allen Lichter says it is not a converstation that should happend "in the back of the ambulance on the way to the ICU at 3 in the morning."
The guidance and booklet are available at www.cancer.net.