Seattle Cancer Care Alliance clinicians wrote about their protocols for physician-assisted suicide in the The New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Linda Ganzini of Oregon's Health & Science University School of Medicine said the center showed courage in publishing the report and said that discussing protocols and care standards will lead to better implementation. "When we, unfortunately, can't cure cancer, our goal is then to relieve suffering, to be doctors caring for all patients and families with cancer. This is simply one of a full range of high-quality, end-of-life options," lead author Dr. Elizabeth Trice Loggers said.

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