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Jim McGrath, the post-White House spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush, just tweeted that an apparently ill Mrs. Bush, after a series of recent hospitalizations, has made the decision not to seek further medical treatment. Instead, she is shifting her focus onto "comfort care."

The official statement reads as follows: 

  

It appears from the information released that there is a chronic nature to her recent poor health. Beyond that, not much has been publicly disclosed. You may recall when she...

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There’s two certainties in life – death and taxes.  Somehow discussions about death are considered taboo and people have a tough time with this topic. In cancer care we praise patients and doctors for not giving up and we use terms like “fighter” and “survivor,” as if those who did not survive didn’t fight hard enough or they somehow gave up. Nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is that, in cancer care, though mortality rates have significantly declined and survivability is going up, there are those...