NJ hospital team helps sickest COVID-19 patients face end of life when families can't

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  A cancer specialist in New Jersey is helping coronavirus patients face those difficult end-of-life questions. 

The number of people dying from coronavirus has pushed the palliative care team at University Hospital to the limit. So Dr. Jenna Marcus, a gynecologic oncologist at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, has stepped up to help. 

She started a mobile palliative care unit at the hospital, and the four-member team visits the sickest patients, so their final wishes will be known.

“They’re able to see their family member, oftentimes we can have many people from around the country and even we’ve had international calls. They can speak to one another, families often say prayers if that is their choosing, sing songs, any support they can provide their loved ones,” she added.

The demand is so great, she said, that the team has been busy around the clock.