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Surrogate Decision Making in Elder Care

Your elderly father has cardiovascular disease and has trouble getting around on his own. He sometimes needs help with cleaning, eating and dressing himself. A recent visit to his doctor resulted in a diagnosis of stage IV bladder cancer. The doctor recommends surgery to remove the tumor as well as chemotherapy. Surgery and chemo present foreseeable problems for your father and chances of him living longer than six months are slim, even with the treatment. While it is already painful to watch your father succumb to the cardiovascular disease, treating the cancer would drag him down to an all-time low.
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