Pain medicine and palliative care as an alternative to euthanasia in end-of-life cancer care

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Abstract

Patients suffering from terminal cancer often have pain. Some have advocated euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide as a potential way of alleviating this suffering. Further examination of this topic, however, shows this approach may be essentially utilitarian and fail to consider the inherent value of human life. There has been significant development in recent years in the fields of pain medicine and palliative care, which afford alternate means of addressing suffering in this patient population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)128-134
Number of pages7
JournalLinacre Quarterly
Volume82
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2015

Keywords

  • Cancer pain
  • Euthanasia
  • Pain medicine
  • Palliative care
  • Physician-assisted suicide
  • Terminal illness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Health Policy

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