How do you want to spend your last days?
Everyone should get to choose. Most Americans don’t.
Change starts with you
For millions of Americans with life-threatening illnesses, medical decisions are made for them. But they don’t know that. Often our “one-size-fits-all” healthcare system defaults to treatments that cause needless pain and suffering — even after these treatments no longer provide a path back to health.
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Most people would choose improved quality of life over interventions that could prolong life but reduce their quality of life.
Patients consistently overestimate benefits and underestimate harms of medical tests and procedures.
1 in 3 people near the end of life receive non-beneficial treatments.
More Facts & Quotes
“All of us are going to die. The question should be how do we want to live — what do we actually want to do with that time? Let’s make sure that whatever time you have, you can do those things.”
“To better serve patients, we need to see not only who they are, but also who they were, and ultimately, who they hope to become even at the end of life.”
1 in 4 people say they or a family member have experienced excessive or unwanted medical treatment, which translates to about 25 million Americans.
Many patients mistakenly believe that their cancers are curable when they are not, likely because most patients do not talk about their prognosis with their oncologists.
1 in 3 cancer patients say they are getting enough information about other options for treatment.
“Doctors, uncomfortable discussing patient’s anxieties about death, fall back on false hopes and treatments that are actually shortening lives instead of improving them.”
3 in 4 younger cancer patients with a documented preference for comfort care (such as pain management) get at least one aggressive intervention (such as chemotherapy) in their last month.
Who we are
Truth in Treatment™ is a new initiative founded by Compassion & Choices to help people with advanced illnesses maintain control of their healthcare. We are igniting a social movement to end an epidemic of overtreatment at the end of life.
“Our national healthcare system routinely subjects patients with advanced illness to futile tests and treatments. The burdens and side effects reduce quality of life and override individual priorities. Both doctors and patients fall victim to the conveyor belt approach, the default option of ever more treatment, and no one benefits. When we learn to abandon the medical assembly line, patients’ care will finally match their values.”
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