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ETHICS IN MEDICINE   University of Washington School of Medicine

End-of-Life Issues:
Case 1

Skip is a 50-year-old man with metastatic nonsmall cell lung cancer. He decided to try palliative chemotherapy because "otherwise I might just as well roll over and give up." After the first cycle of carboplatin and taxol, he requires hospitalization for fever and neutropenia (a complication of the chemotherapy). You stop by for a visit, and he says he feels terrible, wonders "if the chemo is worth all this", but that he's too scared to stop.

How would you respond?


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