The Choice to Refuse or Withdraw from Treatment

  The Choice to Refuse or Withdraw from Treatment

Just because there are treatment options doesn’t mean you have to be treated. Some people choose to have no treatment or to stop treatment. This is a choice you can make, but understand that treatment is keeping you alive. When you withdraw from treatment, or choose not to follow your treatment plan, you put your life at risk. If you stop treatment completely, you will die. Your kidney doctor can give you more information about what happens when you stop treatment. This is a personal choice that may be hard to make. If the time comes that you want to consider stopping treatment, talk with your family and your health care team about counseling and programs such as hospice.

For more information on refusing or withdrawing from dialysis: Kidney Supportive Care

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