Most Doctors Don’t Support Assisted Dying

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28 November, 2014

Most healthcare professionals do not agree with assisted suicide, a survey released today has shown.

Members and fellows of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) were asked about their personal opinions on assisted dying.

Many (57.5%) of those who completed the survey did not support a change in the law to permit assisted suicide and 62.5% believe that changes in palliative care should enable patients to die with dignity.

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Physician-Assisted Suicide Unmasked

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I don’t know why pain and suffering are part of our human condition. I do know that as individuals each of us is “a unique, unrepeatable being” which means that pain and suffering will manifest itself differently in each of our lives. I’m told my grandmother had a saying “If we all put our problems on the kitchen table, we’d take our own right back again.” This saying often comes to mind whenever I think about those dealing with difficult health issues – be it me, a member of my family, a friend, a neighbour or a person in my community. It was on my mind when I attended a bioethics seminar by Professor Margaret Somerville titled The Ethics of Physician-Assisted Suicide & Euthanasia: Understanding the arguments for and against legalization.

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Assisted Suicide Laws Empower Doctors to Prescribe Death

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November 26, 2014

By Derek Miedema

Brittany Maynard’s choice to kill herself thrust assisted suicide into headlines around North America. It’s horribly tragic for a beautiful, engaging, and active 29-year-old woman to face a painful death. Her husband, suddenly a widower, is grieving both her illness and death.

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Does Brittany Maynard’s decision affect the future of oncology?


Would you base a life or death decision based on one doctor’s opinion? One research article? Google searches? What would it take?

I recently read that Brittany Maynard took her own life. Plagued by glioblastoma, she chose to reject chemotherapy, radiation, and hospice. Tomorrow, I have a schedule packed with glioblastoma patients who personify courage, determination, and faith.

Glioblastoma (GBM) is a primary brain cancer that spreads along the “glue” of the brain, destroying healthy brain and stealing function as it grows. It is one of the worst diagnoses in all of oncology to receive, as it is always terminal. As a neuro-oncologist, it is my “bread and butter” disease.

As I have followed her story, I have so many questions. I wonder what she was told by her doctors. She states that she visited with “many experts.”

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