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Radiotherapy: A Palliative Care Doctor Explains The Importance Of ‘Advanced Care Planning’

Dr. Sonia Fullerton is a palliative care doctor at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre with an interest in ‘advanced care planning’, which involves organising who would speak on your behalf in the case that you were too unwell to speak for yourself. Advanced care planning differs from merely selecting a power of attorney, Dr. Fullerton explains, as it involves discussions about the conditions under which a patient would or would not select to undergo certain treatments. Dr. Fullerton discusses why making this kind of planning the norm is particularly important for patients with cancer, given the pressure that patients sometimes feel to undertake whatever treatment plans their doctors suggest.

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