Are Palliative Cases a mask for euthanasia?
In palliative care, pain therapy is one of the key goals of increasing the quality of life of
the patient with chronic progressive diseases in advanced phases. Thus, the use of opioids
becomes indispensable, especially in people with pain caused by metastatic tumors.
Administration of these therapies (with adjacent side effects) has often been incriminated as
betraying masked form of euthanasia. The present article brings both arguments in the sphere of
pharmacology and moral-philosophical justifications demonstrating that palliative care can
respond to all the needs of the terminal patient, cherishing every moment of life, unlike
euthanasia that has as its sole purpose a painless death.