Could medically assisted dying be part of cancer care in Britain

4:00 pm-5:15 pm

Room: Hall 1

Programme stream(s): Living with and beyond cancer
Programme session type(s): Parallel session

Chair: Sam Ahmedzai, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Chair: Celia Manson, Independent Nurse Advisor
Speaker: Bobbie Farsides, Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Speaker: Lord Charles Falconer, Baron Falconer of Thoroton, House of Lords

Different forms of medically assisted dying or suicide have been legalized in many jurisdictions in Europe and North America. In Britain, Parliament has repeatedly rejected the possibility of changing the law to facilitate medically assisted dying. This session will review the ethical, legal and societal issues that apply with respect to models of assisted dying models in the care of cancer patients. An ethicist, patient representative and members of the House of Lords will review their perspectives. The session is relevant to all involved in cancer care.