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Teen Sues State To Avoid Forced Cancer Treatment: Medical Ethicists Review Decision

A 17-year-old girl is suing the State of Connecticut for forcing her to undergo unwanted cancer treatments that may cure her disease. Cassandra C., recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, resisted chemotherapy treatments because she “would not put poison into her body,” according to her mother, Jackie Fortin. After doctors with Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford (CCMC) pushed Cassandra to […]

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A Doctor’s View Of Death With Dignity

Hundreds of concerned citizens and patient advocates gathered at Temple Sholom in Chicago to learn about “Death with Dignity,” legislation that could allow physicians in Illinois the ability to prescribe life-ending medications to some terminally ill patients. Currently, only three states have “Death with Dignity” legislation– Oregon, Washington and Vermont; physicians in Montana may raise a defense of consent if charged […]

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Nurses Provide Critical Trust In The Intensive Care Unit

Although surrogate trust in ICU physicians is an important factor in avoiding conflicts during end of life decision-making, a team of researchers has determined that nurses play a critical role in fostering trust between physicians and patient surrogates. Seeking to better understand how the lack of confidence between surrogates and clinicians affects shared decision-making, the […]

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