Diane speaks with Dr. Roger Kligler who is living with advanced stage cancer and is suing the state of Massachusetts for right to access to prescription medication which would allow him to die peacefully in his sleep. Then, a conversation with intensive and palliative care specialist Dr. Jessica Zitter on how better communication between patients and their doctors can help people avoid pointless and often painful medical interventions as they come to the end of their lives.

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  • Dr. Roger Kligler Retired physician with metastatic prostate cancer who has filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts for the right to obtain a lethal dose of medication from his doctor
  • Dr. Jessica Zitter Physician who specializes in both critical care and palliative care medicine at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California,assistant clinical professor, University of California, San Francisco, and author of "Extreme Measures: A National Conversation on End-Of-Life Choices", 2/2017

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