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End of Life Care on Smart Talk TV

Written by Nell McCormack Abom, Host Smart Talk TV | May 26, 2011 5:08 PM

A cancer diagnosis can undoubtedly be overwhelming.  You may be forced to think about things you never wanted to consider.  Will you be able to beat the disease?

Today, millions of people are living with or have had cancer.  In 2010, it’s estimated that over 1.5 million people were diagnosed in the US, while over 500,000 lost the battle with cancer.

Join us as we address thoughts about the end of life.  Should someone who is facing a cancer diagnosis prepare for the worst?  We’ll discuss everything from palliative care to the decision to end treatment.

Our panel of experts will be prepared to answer the difficult questions.  Dr. Karen Mechanic, head of psychiatry for the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia will help us sort through thoughts about the end of life.  She’ll be joined by Dr. Arlene Bobonich from PinnacleHealth Palliative Care who will be able to offer information about care options.  Dr. Joan Harrold, the medical director for the Hospice of Lancaster County will share her knowledge of hospice care.  And our final guest, Dr. Amir Tabatabai, an oncologist with Cancer Care of York will talk about medical decisions relating to a terminal diagnosis.

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