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Analyze the dilemma, using scholarly discussion, from the perspective of the primary stakeholder (typically the patient). Include a discussion of at least two ethical theories or bioethics principles studied in the course that relate to the dilemma and issues you identified.
Question 1: Please read the case scenario:
Mr. and Mrs. Lovebird were approaching their 65th wedding anniversary when it was discovered that Mr. Lovebird was battling Stage IV lung cancer, with metastasis to his colon. Vowing to “Fight this thing!” the Lovebirds sought out the best specialists and Mr. Lovebird underwent two surgeries, chemotherapy and several rounds of radiation. Mr. Lovebird did quite well for a while, but lately he has experienced severe fatigue and discomfort. He has also lost his appetite, resulting in a 15lb weight loss in just two months. Concerned, the Lovebirds went to see Dr. Friendly, their primary care physician for over 30 years, whom they trust implicitly. Knowing that the Lovebirds are in denial to some extent, but also believing that medicine is an inexact science, Dr. Friendly told them both about an experimental treatment option that might be worth “checking into,” even though the chances were slim that it would provide much benefit.
At a dinner party for a mutual acquaintance, Dr. Friendly is approached by Lancelot, the Lovebird’s only child. Dr. Friendly is aware of the close relationship between Lancelot and the Lovebirds, so he is concerned for their welfare when Lancelot approaches him. Once alone, Lancelot appears upset and tells Dr. Friendly that he is concerned about the experimental treatment option Dr. Friendly mentioned to the Lovebirds, given Mr. Lovebird’s fatigue and weight loss. From Lancelot’s perspective, it is obvious that even if successful, it would only buy Mr. Lovebird a few months and those months may not be very good ones. He is also concerned that Mr. Lovebird is tired of treatments, but goes along to please Mrs. Lovebird. Dr. Friendly smiles and shakes his head “Your mother has always been a force to be reckoned with,” he says “But, in reality, a few months is better than no months!” He also assures Lancelot that if the Oncologist does not think Mr. Lovebird is a good candidate for the procedure, the Oncologist will tell them so.
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