Thursday, October 22, 2009

HBOT For Eldercare: Palliative Or Aggressive?

A thoughtful piece on the physical toll of dementia makes a fine postscript to our Monday post and new Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia page. Startling that

the life expectancy of a patient with advanced dementia is similar to that of a patient with advanced cancer.

But how much care is too much care toward the end of life? Especially considering the sorry evidence and the cost of treatment, we're apt to consider hyperbaric oxygen therapy more aggressive than palliative.

(Our apologies to the Times and to artist Stuart Bradford for the willful copyright infringement. What a glorious illustration!)

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