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Nursing2015

June 2005, Volume 35 Number 6 , p 66 - 67

Author

  • JOY UFEMA RN, MS

Abstract

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 35(6)             June 2005             p 66–67 Letting Lisa go [INSIGHTS ON DEATH & DYING: PEDIATRIC CANCER PATIENT]

UFEMA, JOY RN, MS

I'm caring for Lisa, 10, who has a rare and aggressive brain tumor with a poor prognosis. Bright and articulate, she told me months ago that she wasn't afraid to die and didn't want to undergo chemotherapy. But her parents convinced her to give it a try, even though the response rate was less than 5% .

The treatment wasn't effective, and now Lisa is nearing the end of her life. She seems to have accepted this, yet her parents won't give up. Yesterday I heard her dad say, “You can't die now; we need you!”

I'm deeply troubled by this and want to help the child—but how? —K.S., ONTARIO

This situation's extremely difficult ...

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