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In Their Own Words: Kathy Brandt and Kim Acquaviva, PhD

In January 2019, Kathy Brandt, a nationally known hospice industry leader, was diagnosed with metastatic ovarian cancer and learned she had mere months to live. Brandt’s wife, Kim Acquaviva, PhD, a nursing professor and end-of-life care expert, made a controversial decision. Brandt opted for palliative care, forgoing treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation, in order to spend as much quality time as possible with Acquaviva and their 19 year old son. In this video, Brandt and Acquaviva discuss their decision and the benefits of palliative care.

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