Tag Archives: End-of-life Decisions

When a Loved One Chooses to Stop Treatment

That doesn’t mean they want to die

  Your loved one chooses to stop treatment that may provide more weeks or months of life. Perhaps they refuse more chemotherapy or continued dialysis. Although it may seem contradictory, this refusal of ongoing treatment does not mean he or … Continue reading

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Cancer Patients Might Be More Optimistic About Prognosis Than Their Doctors

A small study finds conflicting opinions between doctors and their patients

According to a recent study, the majority of cancer patients believe they will live longer than their estimated prognosis. Researchers found that many patients remain optimistic about their survival chances even after their doctors give them a poor prognosis. Professors at … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Extremis” Directed by Dan Krauss

A short film about real end-of-life struggles is now available on Netflix

There is no experience on earth more disturbing than watching another human being struggling to stay alive. Yet that is the precise reality that the doctors and nurses who work in our nation’s emergency rooms encounter every day. Most often, … Continue reading

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Be Prepared for Emergencies As Death Nears

Know what to expect as you approach the end of your life

Each month Kathleen Clohessy, R.N., offers a new perspective on living with a terminal illness. Kathleen comes to SevenPonds with 25 years experience as a registered nurse caring for families and children facing life-threatening illness. She began her career in the … Continue reading

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Medicare Now Offering Some Patients at Select Hospices the Option of Receiving Palliative and Curative Care Concurrently

With the new end-of-life care pilot program, “Medicare Care Choices Model,” one could die in peace rather than suffer through overly aggressive treatments.

Medicare recently announced that 141 hospices will be allowed to have its patients participate in receiving both palliative and curative care simultaneously as part of a new initiative. This new initiative, the “Medicare Care Choices Model,” plans to evaluate whether … Continue reading

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Contemporary Book Review: Tinkers, by Paul Harding

The Pulitzer Prize winning novel about life, death, and memory

It begins, “George Washington Crosby began to hallucinate eight days before he died.”  From there, we enter a beautiful, chaotic world that spans generations.  Paul Harding creates a web of characters that compliment one another while illuminating life’s most profound … Continue reading

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