Ethics of cancer diagnosis roundtable held at Mount Holyoke College

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Doctors and patients came together on Friday to talk about cancer and the ethical decisions that come along with a diagnosis. 22News is working to tell you what was discussed at Friday’s oncology roundtable.

More than 100 people registered for the discussion at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley.

A panel of oncology experts fielded questions and listened to cancer patients and survivors as they talked about some of the tough ethical decisions that have to be made during and after a diagnosis.

Questions raised included what to do if a cancer patient refuses treatment, what should doctors do if a patient in pain wants to die, and what to do during a shortage of chemotherapy drugs.

Betsy Neisner, Executive Director of Cancer Connection, told 22News, “I went to Mass General and discovered that they had just found out they didn’t have enough for all the patients who were supposed to get it that day. They had enough for 11 people and I was the 12th patient. So we discussed what I could do.”

The discussion was organized by Cancer Connections. They offer support groups, therapies and workshops all for free. To learn more about them, Click Here.

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