A friend has just alerted me to this excellent article, posted on the Yahoo news site at the moment. It outlines new guidance and a booklet for patients and practitioners to encourage them to discuss end-of-life care with more honesty and in due time.
The preface to the booklet, available here in .pdf form, reads thus:
‘Advanced cancer is cancer that cannot be cured. It may be referred to as end-stage or terminal cancer. However, incurable does not mean untreatable. People with advanced cancer continue to have options for treatment and can maintain a good quality of life.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is working with oncologists (doctors who treat people with cancer) and their care teams to help patients and their families talk about advanced cancer and identify the best, individualized treatment plan for each patient. This booklet is designed to help people with advanced cancer and their family and caregivers understand the diagnosis and treatment options, discuss these options for care throughout the course of the illness, and find support.
Download this free booklet as a printable PDF (24 pages). Printed copies will be available to order through the ASCO Bookstore soon.’