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ETHICS IN MEDICINE   University of Washington School of Medicine

Termination of Life-Sustaining Treatment:
Case 2

Mrs. H is a 62-year-old woman with metastatic breast cancer. She was admitted with dehydration and weakness. Her cancer treatments have failed, as she now has a recurrence. The oncologists are contemplating some new palliative chemotherapy. The nutrition team is concerned about her cachexia and recommends total parenteral nutrition (TPN).

Should the patient be started on TPN?

Discussion

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