Article / Publication

Posted: Jun Wed 2014 | By: David L. Raffle, PhD

Over 13.8 million cancer survivors currently live in the United States (Stubblefield, Schmitz, & Ness, 2013), of which about 300,000 are adult survivors of childhood cancer. As new chemotherapeutic agents are introduced, the percentage of adult cancer survivors will increase – as will the number of adults who suffer late neurocognitive late effects of these treatments, which may not appear until 20 years after treatment.

Adult cancer survivors face a number of long-term physical effects of childhood chemotherapy, including hearing loss (Yasui, 2013), cardiotoxicity, infertility, peripheral neuropathy, musculoskeletal damage, and extreme fatigue (Kiserud, Dahl, Loge, & Fosså, 2014). Over the past 10 years, however, there has been increasing acceptance of chemotherapy-...

Posted: Jun Wed 2014 | By: David L. Raffle, PhD

Attorneys and judges must rely on a legal standard for capacity, i.e., a definition or test of capacity existing in current statutory law, and interpreted by existing guidelines and case law. Most laws related to competency, capacity, and guardianship are written at the state level and applied mainly in family or probate courts. Lawyers, guided by, among other documents, the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct (2002), are compelled to take protective action on behalf of a client with possible diminished capacity based on three criteria (Rule 1.14): the existence of diminished capacity, risk of substantial harm to the client or others, and the clients inability to act adequately in his or her own interest. For attorneys to gauge the extent of...

Subscribe to Article / Publication