In complex and challenging cases, care should be individualised to reflect a patient’s unique situation, values and goals
In all areas of medicine, we encounter complex and tragic cases that challenge our medical expertise, our emotional resources, our clinical judgement and our capacity to make ethical decisions. In challenging cases where there is a diagnosis of a progressive life-limiting illness, a palliative care team may have much to offer. The patient we describe here, a young pregnant woman diagnosed with incurable malignancy, represents one such case. Only by working with the patient at the centre, surrounded by collaborating specialist staff, can we negotiate the path to the “right” care.
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