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Ethics-cancer paper draft

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Ethics-Cancer paper draft *HEADING HERE: INTRO Cancer is an erosive, dehablitating disease that penetrates deeply into the infrastructure of even the strongest families. It forces one to adapt their lifestyles to the disease and devote much of their time to extreme energy consuming treatments, which may not even be effective in the long run. Why, then, must one be so particular about the details of such a disease and it's treatment? In this paper, I will address what must be present in Mr's A case in order for her to make an autonomous decision, the difference between a Utilitarianism and Deontological perspective, and what the physician in this particular case would say to justify his lack of disclosure to the patient. *HEADING HERE: Autonomy of Mrs. A. In a health care setting, who makes the choice of whether or not to proceed with a particular treatment plan? Is it up to the physician's or patient's discretion of whether or not a particular regimen is appropriate in a specific scenario? Who truly weighs the consequences of the treatment's effectiveness and ineffectiveness? To answer these questions, we must take the concept of autonomy into consideration. Autonomy allows one to make a decision for oneself regarding any distinct issue. In health care, autonomy may be expressed in the terms of "Informed Consent". For informed consent, or autonomy, to be present the patient must be able to make rational decisions based on the receiving and understanding of information provided by the physician. [Garrett, Baillie, McGeehan, Garrett, 2010] The physician in this scenario did not disclose the appropriate information for Mrs. A to make an educated decision on whether or not to accept or refuse treatment, and therefore her autonomy was violated. The physician failed to communicate to Mrs. A the futility of chemotherapy in patient's with pancreatic cancer and rationalized his lack of disclosure with Therapeutic Privilege.
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Therapeutic privilege is a type of strong paternalism which states
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