A Cancer Patient Reconsiders Her End-of-Life Wishes, as Covid-19 Brings Mortality into Sharper Focus

May 6, 2020

(STAT News) – The creators of the policies said that they were being as fair and objective as possible, and that their algorithm would take every individual’s current prognosis into account. Cancer patient coalitions retorted that no one had consulted them; regardless of their prospects on paper, they said, their lives were worth saving, and they were protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. If their medical records contained what’s known as a DNR — a “do not resuscitate” order — and there were, for instance, a shortage of ventilators, then they wouldn’t even be in the running for whatever equipment remained. So some patients began calling and texting their oncologists, to remove the DNR from their files. Some took to social media, encouraging others to do the same.