Longwoods Blog

Just over 2 years ago HealthcarePapers published a full issue on Physician-Assisted Death. The issue was guest edited by Vivek Goel; the discussion essay was written by Maureen Taylor and Sandra Martin. “Several studies show that providing advanced cancer patients with palliative care improves the quality of their end-of-life experience and in fact, extends their lives. Good palliative care offers patients relief from many of the symptoms that cause them suffering and focuses on their emotional and psychological health. If the symptom is pain, this could mean strong opioid medications or even targeted radiation therapy. If the symptom is anxiety or insomnia, benzodiazepines or hypnotic agents can be used. Patients with severe shortness of breath often get relief from opioids along with oxygen.”


This entry was posted on Thursday, June 9th, 2016 at 6:30 am and is filed under Throw Back Thursday (TBT).