Euthanasia Debate


We have all heard much about the controversial topic of euthanasia, especially during the recent months in Canada.

An editorial titled, “Should there be a legal right to die?” by Dr. David Benatar appeared in the December 2010 issue of Current Oncology, which prompted an opinion piece by Dr. José Pereira titled, “Legalizing euthanasia or assisted suicide: the illusion of safeguards and controls” in the April 2011 issue.

These articles ignited a lot of controversy and compelled Current Oncology to develop a series of special articles dedicated to this timely and very much debated topic of euthanasia and assisted suicide for our readership.

These articles, published in the June issue of Current Oncology, are presented for our readers to review and judge for themselves.

Click on the links below to view articles from this special series.

  1. Pereira’s attack on legalizing euthanasia or assisted suicide: smoke and mirrors
  2. Casting stones and casting aspersions: let’s not lose sight of the main issues in the euthanasia debate
  3. Assisted death and the slippery slope—finding clarity amid advocacy, convergence, and complexity

We invite you to join us in the debate on a timely topic relevant to the medical community! Further correspondence is encouraged, and Current Oncology has the ideal forum: the Cancer Knowledge Network, which opinions can be expressed and where dialogue is encouraged.