October 2005, Volume 35 Number 10 , p 21 - 21
In the ED where I work, I care for many seriously ill people. I'm amazed at how many end-stage cancer patients are brought to the ED when they're obviously dying. If I mention the patient's terminal condition to family members, they act as if this is news to them—even if the patient had undergone extensive treatment for a deadly malignancy. How can this be?