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Aid-in-dying gains momentum as former opponents change their minds

Aid-in-dying gains momentum as former opponents change their minds

John Baudanza and his wife, Amanda three days after John was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. Baudanza supported medical aid-in-dying, which the Massachusetts Legislature is debating. He died in physical agony, Amanda said, in his parents’ home on Cape Cod in 2015.

March 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
A tale of love, family conflict and battles over care for an aging mother

A tale of love, family conflict and battles over care for an aging mother

“Edith + Eddie,” a short documentary vying for an Academy Award Sunday, is a gripping look at a couple in their 90s caught up in an intense family conflict over caring for an aging parent. But their real life story proves to be more complicated than in the movies.

March 1, 2018 | By | Reply More
Never too late to operate? Surgery near end of life is common, costly

Never too late to operate? Surgery near end of life is common, costly

Surgery like this has become all too common among those near the end of life, experts say. Nearly 1 in 3 Medicare patients undergo an operation in the year before they die, even though the evidence shows that many are more likely to be harmed than to benefit from it.

February 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
What is ‘right to try,’ and could it help? – Viewpoint

What is ‘right to try,’ and could it help? – Viewpoint

Ultimately, we believe right to try is poised to give the Trump administration a political win on a popular public policy but will do little to change the status quo for terminally ill patients. Some opponents say, if anything, it could give terminally ill patients false hope for new access to drugs they already can obtain through existing FDA policy.

February 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
How does assisting with suicide affect physicians?- Viewpoint

How does assisting with suicide affect physicians?- Viewpoint

As a physician and medical ethicist, I am opposed to any form of physician assistance with a patient’s suicide. Furthermore, I believe that the term “medical aid in dying” allows physicians to avoid the harsh truth that they are helping patients kill themselves.

January 14, 2018 | By | Reply More
More than 500,000 participate in end-of-life care discussions covered by Medicare

More than 500,000 participate in end-of-life care discussions covered by Medicare

Nationwide, slightly more than 1 percent of the more than 56 million Medicare beneficiaries have received advance-care planning talks, which focus on understanding and documenting treatment preferences for people nearing the end of their lives.

August 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Many still sidestep end-of-life care planning, study finds

Many still sidestep end-of-life care planning, study finds

Even though advance directives for end-of-life care have been promoted for nearly 50 years, only about a third of U.S. adults have them. People with chronic illnesses were only slightly more likely than healthy individuals to document their wishes.

August 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘How long have I got, doc?’ Why many cancer patients don’t get answers

‘How long have I got, doc?’ Why many cancer patients don’t get answers

Huge numbers of cancer patients lack basic information, such as how long they can expect to live, whether their condition is curable or why they’re being prescribed chemotherapy or radiation,

June 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Pre-hospice’ saves money by keeping people at home near the end of life

‘Pre-hospice’ saves money by keeping people at home near the end of life

By Anna Gorman Kaiser Health News Gerald Chinchar isn’t quite at the end of life, but the end is not far away. The 77-year-old fell twice last year, shattering his hip and femur, and now gets around his San Diego home in a wheelchair. His medications fill a dresser drawer, and congestive heart failure puts […]

March 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Where you live may determine how you die. Oregon leads the way

Where you live may determine how you die. Oregon leads the way

By JoNel Aleccia Kaiser Health News Americans who want to ensure they have a say in how they die should examine the lessons of Oregon, a new analysis suggests. Seriously ill people in that state are more likely to have their end-of-life wishes honored — including fewer intensive-care hospitalizations and more home hospice enrollments — […]

March 16, 2017 | By | Reply More