Assisted Suicide Laws Empower Doctors to Prescribe Death
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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