Good Doc. Bad Doc. A World of Difference Between Two Palliative Care Doctors
In “Good Palliative Care, Bad Palliative Care: A tale of 2 Doctors”, Marie Colantoni Pechet, a Stage 4 colorectal cancer patient, speaks about her extensive history with palliative care doctors and pain management. Here’s our synopsis and point of view on this recent article featured on WBUR’s Common Health.
Marie discusses a particular bout of pain that turned her onto pain medication. Despite her illness, Marie was weary of drugs and rarely used them because of a fear of dependency, the inability to drive, a dulled communication in her body, and stomach issues.
Although she expressed her fears of medication, her palliative care specialist immediately pushed her onto narcotics. She was scared and confused at the sudden, suggested change.