The “Conflicted Dying”: The Active Search for Life Extension in Advanced Cancer Through Biomedical Treatment

Qual Health Res March 2016 vol. 26 no. 4 555-567
Authors:  Shan Mohammed, Elizabeth Peter, Denise Gastaldo, Doris Howell
“Using a poststructural perspective, we examine the subjectivities that are produced when advanced cancer patients seek life extension through biomedical treatments. Seven case studies were developed that included 20 interviews with patients, family, nurses, and physicians recruited from a tertiary hospital in Canada…We characterize the “conflicted dying,” a contemporary figure who holds multiple perspectives about seeking curative treatment despite the acknowledgment of death. Using active strategies to gain access to treatment, this figure resists traditional arrangements of power/knowledge established by health care providers.”
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