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The Trolley Problem in Oncology: when to pull the lever of adjuvant chemotherapy?

MarkLewisby Dr. Mark Lewis, CKN Social Media Editor

 

Every student of Ethics 101 wrestles with the trolley problem. In this moral exercise of the imagination, you are standing by train tracks watching a runaway trolley race towards 5 people who are going to be crushed unless you intercede. If you pull a lever, the trolley will divert onto a different track, where it is bound to kill one person. In this situation, is it better to be passive or active? Should you pull the lever or not?

 

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