What would you do if your child was in dying and in pain?

After Cancer - Now What? — By on March 2, 2010 at 12:38 pm

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div class=”MsoNormal”bspan style=”font-size: 14pt;”Parents Whose Children Are Dying of Cancer May Consider Hastening the Process/span/b/divdiv class=”MsoNormal”bi/ii/i/b/divdiv class=”MsoNormal”bspan style=”font-size: 14pt;”/span/b /divdiv class=”MsoNormal” style=”line-height: 150%;”In a study of 141 parents whose children have died of cancer, more than 10 percent reported that they considered hastening their child’s death, especially if the child was in pain, according to a report in the March issue of iArchives of Pediatrics amp; Adolescent Medicine/i, one of the iJAMA/Archives/i journals./divdiv class=”MsoNormal” style=”line-height: 150%;”br /
/divdiv class=”MsoNormal” style=”line-height: 150%;”In one article, Veronica Dussel, M.D., M.P.H., of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital, Boston, and colleagues interviewed 141 parents of children who had died of cancer between 1990 and 1999. In addition to discussing their own child’s life and death, the parents were asked to respond to a series of vignettes portraying children with end-stage cancer./diva name=’more’/abr /
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/divdiv class=”MsoNormal” style=”line-height: 150%;”A total of 19 of 141 parents (13 percent) reported that they had considered requesting that their children’s death be hastened and 9 percent had discussed it. Consideration of hastening death appeared to increase as the child’s reported pain increased; about one-third (34 percent) of parents said that they would have considered hastening death had their child been in uncontrollable pain. In response to vignettes, half of parents endorsed hastening death, whereas 94 percent endorsed intensive pain management./divdiv class=”MsoNormal” style=”line-height: 150%;”br /
/divdiv class=”MsoNormal” style=”line-height: 150%;”“If physical suffering is identified, our results suggest that parents are willing to have an open discussion about existing options including effective and legal alternatives such as proportionately intensive symptom management and palliative sedation. Desires for hastened death may represent an exit plan to be used if no other alternatives are recognized,” the authors conclude. “Attention to pain and suffering and education about intensive symptom management may mitigate consideration of hastening death among parents of children with cancer.”/divdiv class=”MsoNormal”a href=”” name=”OLE_LINK1″ rel=”nofollow”/aa href=”” name=”OLE_LINK2″ rel=”nofollow”/aspan(iArch Pediatr Adolesc Med/i. 2010;164[3]:231-237/span)/divdiv class=”blogger-post-footer”img width=’1′ height=’1′ src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4713736175601908568-3078796831953205065?l=www.aftercancernowwhat.com’ alt=” //div
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