Posted on October 2, 2015 at 5:00 AM
James Salwitz, a New Jersey oncologist recently colorfully observed: “Too many times patients are dragged away to receive therapy after therapy, until they are wasted, decrepit and dead.”
Unfortunately, this is not always easy to convey to patients. Dr. Salwitz had told his patient: “You do not have to do anything. There is no law or rule requiring you to undergo aggressive therapy.” But the patient heard those words and said, to himself, “Dr. Salwitz is giving up on me.” The patient’s trust in Dr. Salwitz was gone and he transferred his care to another physician.