Cancer patients' attitudes to final events in life: Wish for death, attitudes to cessation of treatment, suicide and euthanasia

Cathy Owen*, Christopher Tennant, John Levi, Michael Jones

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    Abstract

    One hundred patients with cancer were interviewed regarding their attitude to a range of final life events in both their current real and hypothetical future circumstances. Patients who anticipated a future possible role for the more passive options of wishing death to come early or ceasing all treatment, were more hopeless and had a reduced quality of life. Patients however who anticipated a role for the more active options of suicide and/or euthanasia were less fatalistic and did not report a reduced quality of life. The desire for suicide was particularly positively related to younger age, a personal psychiatric past history, and a number of treatment‐related variables reflecting increased patient autonomy.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-9
    Number of pages9
    JournalPsycho‐Oncology
    Volume3
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1994

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