This week’s episode wraps up my talk’s with a group of healthcare providers from the University of Colorado’s Cancer Center, about their experience with Medical Aid in Dying (MAID), or Death with Dignity.
Dr. Ross Camidge wrote an article titled, Why I Wrote the Rx That Helped My Cancer Patient Die that was published in The Huffington Post in June. This is how I became aware of this amazing team. I talked with Joan Hart, the oncology social worker, Dr. Jon Treem, the palliative care physician, and today, with Dr Ross Camidge, the medical oncologist, about their experiences with patients who requested Medical Aid in Dying.
We talk about a lot, including:
- what the process is to request MAID
- how clinicians feel about this request
- what his team has learned from the patient’s they have received
- things for clinicians to consider in states where legislation is pending
Oregon was the first state to legalize Death with Dignity Click on this link to view recent statistics and their data summary
Stay tuned for next week’s episode. I am talking with one of my state (Massachusetts) senator’s about the bills currently under review (H.1926/S.1208), to legalize this in Massachusetts.