Victor Sloski: “I Want to Die at Home”

David Barnard, Patricia Boston R.N., Anna Towers and Yanna Lambrinidou

in Crossing Over

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780195123432
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999835 | DOI:
Victor Sloski: “I Want to Die at Home”

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This chapter discusses how Victor Sloski dealt with his lung cancer. When he was diagnosed of lung cancer at the age of 57, Mr. Sloski found it hard to accept. He had a happy life with his live-in companion, Shirley. Yet, when the experimental treatments failed to address his illness, Mr. Sloski accepted and prepared for death, in the hopes that the end would come soon. However, his wish for a quick death did not come. Mr Sloski's cancer metastasized from his lungs to his stomach, spleen, colon, and brain, causing him blindness. Although the palliative care team made arrangements for him to be taken care of at an inpatient unit, Mr Sloski insisted on home care. He insisted on dying at home regardless of the outcome and effects of his illness. Under the watchful eyes of Shirley, Mr Sloski died at home. Although taking care of a terminally ill patient took a physical and emotional toll on Shirley, she nevertheless bereaved gracefully.

Keywords: lung cancer; quick death; metastasized; inpatient unit; home care; dying at home; physical toll; emotional toll; bereaved

Chapter.  7338 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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