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Questions to Ask When Facing a Cancer Diagnosis

There was a wonderful opinion piece in the Sunday New York Times a few weeks back that everybody should read – and when we say everybody, we mean everybody.  Cancer patients, their family members and friends, their caretakers, physicians around the world, and anybody who might ever find themselves in a position of being or caring for a person facing end-of-life decisions. It is titled, “The Best Possible Day” and it was written by Atul Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Gawande teaches at Harvard, writes for The New Yorker, and has recently authored the book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.” His piece in the times beautifully approaches the questions that need to be asked of terminal patients in order to allow them to ensure that their priorities are known and respected.

Questions to Ask When Facing a Cancer Diagnosis

When facing a cancer diagnosis, it’s important to consider how your quality of life will be affected.  The questions that Gawande raises are simple ones.

  • What is their understanding of their health or condition?
  • What are their goals?
  • What are their fears?
  • What trade-offs are they willing and unwilling to make?

He acknowledges that answers may change as illness progresses, and urges that physicians not only take the time to have these discussions with patients, but also that they be asked repeatedly in acknowledgement of the way that answers may change, and the willingness of patients and their family members to discuss these difficult issues. Gawande’s story of his daughter’s piano teacher, her final days, and the quest for the best day possible is a reminder of the reason that Fifth Season Financial is here. It’s all about allowing people who have advanced stage cancer the freedom to make their own decisions without having to worry about finances.

If you or a loved one’s economic worries are making it difficult to focus on what is truly important, the cancer loan program from Fifth Season Financial may be the answer.

Read the full article here: 

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/05/opinion/sunday/the-best-possible-day.html

 

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