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Wed Apr 24, 2019, 03:44 AM

Former Gov. Kathleen Blanco enters hospice care

BATON ROUGE Former Gov. Kathleen Blanco (D), who has been battling cancer since 2017, has entered hospice care.

Blanco, 76, announced in 2017 she suffered from ocular melanoma. The cancer was first diagnosed in 2011 and reappeared in October 2017 during a routine checkup in Memphis, Tennessee.

During an event in December in which she was honored, Blanco said there was "no escape" from her cancer in what felt like a public farewell speech to the Council for a Better Louisiana audience.

"The cancer has metastasized and spread throughout my body," said Blanco, Lafayette's favorite daughter. "There is no cure."

Read more: https://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/news/2019/04/17/breaking-gov-blanco-enters-hospice-care/3495231002/

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Wed Apr 24, 2019, 04:17 AM

1. While I don't live in Louisiana, I am sorry to hear this.

But I will add that I know from personal experience that hospice is amazing.

Every so often I come across someone who rejects hospice, thinking it is somehow wrong. But they are wrong. People on hospice live longer than those on conventional care. Even palliative care, which is quite different from hospice, results in longer life and better quality of life. Hmmm. Maybe trying to extend life as long as possible really isn't the right way to go.

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