Are there Limits to Oncology Care? (Futility)

  • Gary R. Shapiro
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 140)


Just when it looked like we had finally decided that patients were in charge, doctors and patients are again at odds over just “whose life it is anyway.” Not long ago it was the patients and their families taking the doctors and their hospitals to court for the right to have unwanted life support withdrawn.1 Now it seems that the tables have turned. It is the doctors and their hospitals who are going to court2,3,4,5,6 to “deal... with families who demand inappropriate medical treatment for moribund patients.”7


Acceptable Treatment Pneumococcal Pneumonia Medical Futility Adequate Reason Moribund Patient 
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