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Call for a better understanding of palliative care

In this moving piece, Paul Adams, a university professor at Carleton University describes his experience of navigating the medical care system during his wife’s treatment of breast cancer. His piece highlights two main issues: One has to do with very different patient experiences in accessing palliative care services in Ontario. Some patients had a meeting with a palliative care physician close to their diagnosis. The referral requests for other patients including the writer’s wife were rejected because they were receiving treatment. The other issue which may be more relevant to our work in Compassionate Ottawa is lack of information about what to expect in the last weeks and days of life. It is a valuable piece and the discussions around the comments are as interesting to read. This story was picked up by CBC Ottawa Morning Show on Sunday July, 9th.