‘Yet it was routine for oncologists at University of Chicago Medicine.. to stop seeing patients when treatment ended. “The model was, you get to know the patient and their family, you treat them aggressively, but when the time comes that you don’t have any more therapy to offer, you make a referral to palliative care or hospice and the patient goes under their auspices,” ‘
‘That isn’t to say it’s justified. “No physician should ever say there’s nothing more I can do,” said Dr. Timothy Moynihan, medical director of the Mayo Clinic hospice….noting that oncologists can remain involved with patients in hospice as the physician of record. “There’s always something more we can do for the patient — if only to be there and listen to their stories and deal with their pain and suffering.”
* to read the full NYTs article “When the Doctor Disappears” by Judith Graham highlight and click on open hyperlink http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/14/when-the-doctor-disappears/?hp&pagewanted=print
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