Helping Patients Die Peacefully with Dr. Chandana Banerjee

Healthy Skeptic, MD

Oct 1 2021 • 39 mins

Over the last several years, a handful of states have passed legislation authorizing physicians to provide medical aid in dying for terminally ill adults. This typically comes in the form of a prescription to relieve discomfort and promote a peaceful death. According to our guest today, medical aid in dying should not only be legal everywhere, but this compassionate option should be made more accessible. For example, Dr. Chandana Banerjee, a palliative care specialist at the City of Hope Cancer Center, says that extended waiting periods before patients can avail themselves of this option should be eliminated. Dr. Banerjee also discusses her poetry books in today's episode!