Category Archives: end of life

TUBE FEEDING THE DYING PATIENT

A doctor’s eloquent take on why tube feeding is a nightmare both for the dying patient and for their loved ones Continue reading

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DO CANCER PATIENTS KNOW BEFORE THEY’RE EVEN DIAGNOSED?

I’ve wondered off and on about this possibility ever since John was diagnosed, but hadn’t really given it a thought– until yesterday. In searching for my passport, I came across John’s and was very surprised at my reaction to seeing … Continue reading

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HOW DOCTORS DELIVER BAD NEWS TO PATIENTS

the ways in which a doctor’s sometimes unconscious decisions about how to present information impacts his patient Continue reading

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HOW LONG DO I HAVE, DOCTOR?

When therapy is available, physicians will blithely ignore prognosis. Continue reading

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The simplest tool in my cancer comfort kit often gave the most profound results

My two most invaluable tools for pain control and comfort when I was caring for John at home were never mentioned by any of John’s doctors or nurses. Both were ultra low-tech and completely unrelated to drugs. The first I have … Continue reading

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IV HYDRATION AND TUBE FEEDING AT THE END OF LIFE– PROS AND CONS

Let me be very clear from the start: the question of wanting either of these interventions was never an issue for John when he filled out his Living Will. My many years of hospice experience had made the choice a … Continue reading

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Shedding Light On the Cancer Journey: the book

My dear and faithful readers: As of today, over 61,000 people have read and hopefully benefited from this blog– beyond my wildest expectation when I started this project  6 years ago. Such strong support has led me to turn Shedding Light On the … Continue reading

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