After A Cancer Diagnosis: Palliative Care And The Evolution Of The Doctor-Patient Relationship

After A Cancer Diagnosis: Palliative Care And The Evolution Of The Doctor-Patient Relationship

New advances in chemotherapy and personalized medicine have revolutionized cancer treatment. But they also raise difficult questions for patients, doctors and health systems.

After decades of scientific advances, a cancer diagnosis is no longer as bleak as it once was. But the new medicines and better chemotherapy options also presents difficult practical and financial questions. What are the benefits of pursuing expensive, unproven and potentially unpleasant drug regimen? Is it prudent to treat symptoms and forgo aggressive interventions for a more fulfilling end-of-life? Kojo explores how doctors, patients and health care systems navigate these questions.

Guests

Thomas Smith

MD, Director of Palliative Medicine and Professor of Oncology, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

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