Amy Berman, RN, LHD, FAAN, Senior Program Officer with The John A. Hartford Foundation, is featured in an article in Health News Review, "Pharma Banks on Cancer Patients Who are ‘Determined to Keep Fighting’."
Amy Berman, "A registered nurse and widely respected health care advocate, has used her personal cancer diagnosis to raise awareness about the need for doctors to talk about not only treatment options but treatment goals."
“The number one thing older adults experiencing serious illness want is independence—not being a burden on their loved ones and the ability to remain at home,” Berman said. “But our clinical trials don’t look at this outcome. They typically look at length of life while being blind to the quality of that life. It’s time we provide meaningful information to patients.”
The article discusses cancer treatments and side effects and quality of life or end-of-life care. “I wish these misleading forms of medical marketing would show photos of the side effects and words of those who experience them so people can understand the need to carefully weigh treatment decisions.”
To read the article, click here.