There is always going to be that constant debate on “what should medicine do when it can’t save your life”, and the answer should be as clear as day. It appears that doctor’s act upon what is morally and ethically right by them but not what is right by the patient. What is the right thing to do? What is the wrong thing? These are constant questions that are asked on a daily basis and no one ever seems to have the answers to them. Why can’t we find a common answer to death? Why can’t doctors realize that after trying so many times with different medicines that they should just allow life to take its course?
We as humans are so wrapped up on trying to fix things and we don’t realize that some things just can’t be fixed. Death is inevitable. It occurs every minute of every hour of everyday life. There really isn’t much we can do to stop death. You can help by reducing the pain, but you can’t control who is going to die or who isn’t. if a patient has cancer and you’ve tried everything you could possibly think of to decrease the tumor or even try saving their life and it doesn’t work, it shouldn’t be so difficult for the doctor to be upfront and honest with the patient and just say “we have tried everything, at this point there is nothing else left to do but try reducing the pain and allowing time to take its course.” I would much rather hear the truth than be presented with a lie.
If the cancer has spread, tell me. If the medicine won’t work, then don’t use it. Medicine isn’t just about saving lives, it’s also about money. Researchers spend so much of their time trying to find cures, trying to find ways to stop cancer from progressing that the doctors push out this medicine onto other patients. All this is doing is making the family and patients spend unnecessary money in which they could be spending preparing for their loved one’s death. It’s unfair for the patients to have false hope when instead they could be spending their valuable time preparing for the inevitable. Dying is easy, but saying goodbye, fixing relationships that may have been broken, and preparing for their death that’s what is most important.