Every four weeks, Anna Stephens comes to Seattle Children’s Hospital for chemotherapy. But she’s not a child. Stephens is 23 years old, and she’s one of thousands of young people with cancer who wind up being treated in facilities that typically deal with much younger or much older patients.
Seattle Children’s Hospital is opening a new cancer unit Sunday specifically designed for teens and young adults.
When young cancer patient age 15 to 29 goes in for treatment, they end up either in a pediatric or adult facility. A designated place for this age group could play a crucial role in their survival, according to Dr. Becky Johnson.
A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine looks at how one Seattle medical institution has managed the state’s 2009 Death With Dignity law. The report shows how rarely Washington state residents have pursued a legal prescription to end their own life, and describes the early debate among physicians over whether to participate. We talk with study author Dr. Elizabeth Loggers of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
As the cost of health care continues to rise, what can patients do to help? Dr. John Santa is director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center. We talk with him about Choosing Wisely, a campaign to encourage doctors and patients to ask questions to avoid unnecessary medical tests and procedures.
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