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Parents with Cancer: Opening up the dialogue

LeezaParkby Dr. Leeza Park, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

Patients with terminal cancer experience considerable emotional distress at the end of their lives.  When these patients are parents with young children at home, the anguish can feel unbearable.  Worries about the impact that their death will have on their children, spouses and other family members can be profound and shape decision-making about how aggressively to pursue treatment options.  Despite these important considerations, health care providers do not routinely discuss these concerns with parents who have cancer.

 

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