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COMIN, Lauren Tana et al. Perception of oncology patients on the terminality of life. Rev. Bioét. [online]. 2017, vol.25, n.2, pp.392-401. ISSN 1983-8042.

With the aim of analysing the perception of cancer patients towards the end of life, a questionnaire was applied to 100 oncologic patients, of which 85% were unaware of living will/advance directives, 81% were unaware of the terms palliative care and 70% were unaware of order to not reanimate. After clarifying the meaning of the terms used, 62% agreed to make living will/advance directives, 82% to receive palliative care at home and 64% to be reanimated in any situation, but the majority (73%) disagreed with the practice of futility. Only 11% reported inadequacies in the communication of their diagnosis by the physician. The fact of having metastases elicited a broader reflection on the termination of life. The results allow to infer that it is necessary to encourage the discussion about termination of life to the population during patient care, as well to promote the respective training to health professionals since the undergraduate course.

Palavras-chave : Terminally ill; Oncology service, hospital; Palliative care; Living wills; Resuscitation orders.

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