SIDEBAR: Notes from a Death with Dignity Program 

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Participation in the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Death with Dignity program reflects concerns about autonomy, dignity, and functional status rather than disease-related symptoms or depression.

The Death with Dignity program “both allows patients with cancer who wish to consider this option to do so within the context of their ongoing care and accommodates variation in clinicians’ willingness to participate.” ■

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