Some parents weigh 'hastening death' for children in extreme pain with terminal cancer

Monday, March 1, 2010 - 22:14 in Health & Medicine

A survey of parents who had a child die of cancer found one in eight considered hastening their child's death, a deliberation influenced by the amount of pain the child experienced during the last month of life, researchers report. The study suggests that many parents worry that their children will suffer from uncontrollable pain. The researchers say the findings underscore the importance of managing patients' suffering and communicating with parents about pain management options.

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