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, National Institute for Health Research
Chair: Celia Manson, Independent Nurse Advisor
Speaker: Bobbie Farsides, Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Speaker: Lord Charles Falconer, Gibson Dunn
Speaker: Bill Noble, Sheffield Hallam University
Speaker: Roger Wilson, Consumer Forum, NCRI

Different forms of medically assisted dying or suicide have been legalised 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, a patient representative, a member of the House of Lords and a palliative care physician will discuss their perspectives. The session is relevant to all involved in cancer care.