Many volumes have been written on medical ethics in the past 30 years. However, few have focused on ethical issues specific to the care of cancer patients. This book brings together such a focused examination. The contributors include clinicians, ethicists, medical humanists and medical educators. The issues raised have direct relevance to the care of oncology patients in treatment as well as research settings. The chapters address issues that are central to contemporary medical practice and medical ethics inquiry. This work should have importance for practising physicians, nurses and others caring for cancer patients. In addition, medical students, medical educators and ethicists should find this book of interest.
List of Contributors. Preface. 1. Physicians and Cancer Patients: Communication and Advance Directives; P. Angelos. 2. Information is not Enough: The Place of Statistics in the Doctor-Patient Relationship; K. Montgomery. 3. Cross-Cultural Issues in Caring for Patients with Cancer; T. Chambers. 4. Religious/Spiritual Concerns in Caring For the Cancer Patient; J.F. Bresnahan, J.M. Merrill. 5. Are there Limits to Oncology Care? (Futility); G.R. Shapiro. 6. Role of Palliative Medicine in Cancer Patient Care; C.F. von Gunten, J. Martinez. 7. Informed Consent, The Cancer Patient, And Phase I Clinical Trials; C.K. Daugherty. 8. The Ethical Lessons of Managed Care Applied to Clinical Trials; S. Hellman. 9. Kids and Cancer: Ethical Issues in Treating the Pediatric Oncology Patient; S.E. Friebert, E.D. Kodish. 10. Does Reimbursement Affect Physician Decision Making? C.L. Bennett, T.J. Stinson. Index.