Bob Riter

Stopping Treatment Is Not Giving Up

Posted October 13th, 2016

I sometimes hear from individuals with advanced cancer who continue with aggressive treatment because their loved ones exhort them to “not give up.” Some family members go so far as to say that stopping treatment is the same as committing suicide. It’s not. I wish that we could reframe this discussion because when people choose […]

We Need to Know When to Stop

Posted September 26th, 2013

Our medical system needs to treat people. We need to know when to stop. All of us, cancer patients, our families and health care providers need to recognize the wants and needs of cancer patients nearing end of life.