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Just Say Die

Just Say Die VOLUME 26  NUMBER 1  JANUARY 1 2008 THE ART OF ONCOLOGY: JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY When the Tumor Is Not the Target Scott R. Berry From the Division of Medical Oncology/ trived situation with a select population of partici- INTRODUCTION Hematology, Sunnybrook Health pants, so it would be wrong to generalize or draw too Sciences Centre; Department of Medi- many conclusions from this exercise. However, it is As a medical oncologist, I spend most of my time cine, University of Toronto; and Univer- sity of Toronto Joint Centre for noteworthy that in eight separate conversations with treating people with incurable cancers. Depend- Bioethics, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. a dying woman, only one oncologist said the word ing on the person and the specific illness that Submitted May 14, 2007; accepted “death.” The fact that this was a role-playing exercise person has, that question may come on the first May 26, 2007. with an actress might have allowed the physicians to visit with me or on the tenth: “How long have I Author’s disclosures of potential con- use more direct language than they might normally got?” It may come out of the blue or as part of a flicts http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Clinical Oncology Wolters Kluwer Health

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Wolters Kluwer Health
Copyright
(C) 2008 American Society of Clinical Oncology
ISSN
0732-183X
eISSN
1527-7755
DOI
10.1200/JCO.2007.12.3224
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VOLUME 26  NUMBER 1  JANUARY 1 2008 THE ART OF ONCOLOGY: JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY When the Tumor Is Not the Target Scott R. Berry From the Division of Medical Oncology/ trived situation with a select population of partici- INTRODUCTION Hematology, Sunnybrook Health pants, so it would be wrong to generalize or draw too Sciences Centre; Department of Medi- many conclusions from this exercise. However, it is As a medical oncologist, I spend most of my time cine, University of Toronto; and Univer- sity of Toronto Joint Centre for noteworthy that in eight separate conversations with treating people with incurable cancers. Depend- Bioethics, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. a dying woman, only one oncologist said the word ing on the person and the specific illness that Submitted May 14, 2007; accepted “death.” The fact that this was a role-playing exercise person has, that question may come on the first May 26, 2007. with an actress might have allowed the physicians to visit with me or on the tenth: “How long have I Author’s disclosures of potential con- use more direct language than they might normally got?” It may come out of the blue or as part of a flicts

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Journal of Clinical OncologyWolters Kluwer Health

Published: Jan 1, 2008

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