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Should Patients With What is Considered a Terminal Illness Be Told They Are Dying?

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Host Naimah Latif

Host Naimah Latif


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When one is diagnosed with a disease such as cancer or AIDS, it is often considered a death sentence. Doctors have different methods of dealing with terminlnal illnesses. In the past, patients may have been the last to know, and family members may choose not to say anything in  front of the patient. But should a person be told they are "dying" if they have what is considered a terminal illness? Or should they just be told the progressive stages of the disease, while letting them maintain hope of recovery? Should patients be given the option to refuse treatments th may prolong their lives? What is the best way to emotionally prepare a person to face what is considered a terminal illness?