The Heart in Hospice Care and Palliative Medicine

Rusty Hammer thought hospice care and palliative medicine was considered a last resort and accepting it meant giving up, but he found that, in many cases, the treatment can be worse than the disease.

Rusty wrote about his cancer experience in and out of hospice care. He described chemotherapy, acknowledging, “We were most naive about the side effects and risks of treatment at the various stages.” He railed at hospital doctors who just prescribed painkillers and left the room, with never a palliative care consult or a referral to a pain specialist. “I am a living example that, in many cases, the treatment can be worse than the disease.”
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