Ethics. Research. Community.

Michigan State University Bioethics Brownbag & Webinar Series: Decision-making in Pediatric Oncology: Who Really Decides?

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Wed, 11/12/2014 - 12:00pm

Event Ends

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 1:00pm

Informed consent is a pillar of patient autonomy in
medicine. In the pediatric world, the informed consent process often involves
not only parental consent for treatment but a minor’s assent as well. However,
a true informed consent process allows a family or patient to refuse a proposed
course of treatment—but is this really true in pediatrics? Is a family allowed
to forgo a potentially lifesaving therapy for their child if the chance of
survival with the treatment is excellent? Should the prognosis matter? Should
the age of the child matter? This talk will discuss challenges of decision
making in children with cancer including a discussion on the ability of a
family or minor to refuse potentially life-saving treatments.

Bradd Hemker, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the
Department of Pediatrics and Human Development in the College of Human Medicine
at Michigan State University.

Join us for Bradd Hemker's lecture on Wednesday, November
12, 2014 from noon till 1 pm EST online: The webinar can be accessed at
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