Big Debate - Wednesday 19 October 2022, Plenary room
Topic: Should medical aid in dying be available for cancer patients?
Debater - Prof Ilora Finlay, Baroness Finlay of LIandaff
Professor of Palliative medecine, Cardiff University of School of Medecine, United-Kingdom
Debater - Dr Cameron McLaren
Medical Oncologist, Berwick Integrated Care, Australia
Stephen R.Connor - view bio
Executive Director, Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA), United Kingdom
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This session addresses the sensitive question of aid in dying, offering insights into the complexities of this topic, including:
- Should all cancer patients have the right to access medical aid in dying and to end their lives prematurely if they choose?
- What are the unintended consequences of making medical aid in dying legal and widely available prior to ensuring that all persons have access to palliative care and pain relief?
- When could medical aid in dying be made available? At any point in the cancer trajectory?
- What does the research say about those who choose medical aid in dying and then actually carry it out?
- What should oncology and palliative care professionals do when a patient requests medical aid in dying and is legally available but not considered part of their practice?
Thursday, May 12, 2022