Let's Stamp Out the Phrase 'There's Nothing More We Can Do'

August 6, 2014 5:48 PM

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Let's Stamp Out the Phrase 'There's Nothing More We Can Do'

Not long ago I met with a friend of mine who oversees the hospice program for a medical center I used to work at. We sat together on a snowy morning in a coffeehouse with a fireplace and shared stories about our work with cancer patients. I had left my practice in a large Midwest hospital to work as a therapist in the private sector and Ann was a nurse who had worked in health care for more than 30 years.

I told Ann about a family from out of state whose father had experienced a prolonged and torturous death from cancer. He had come to the hospital looking for a miracle to keep him alive longer. During his visit, his condition diminished rapidly, and he ended up dying on my floor, away from his large...

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