SALT LAKE CITY — Tom Kurrus is not afraid to die.
“I have no qualms about the fact that I have a fatal diagnosis,” he says. “But I’m not into suffering.”
While his approaching death from cancer doesn’t fill him with dread, “I just don’t want to be there when it happens,” he quipped.
Kurrus, a retired internal medicine and infectious disease physician who worked in the field for 43 years, learned in September he had a brain tumor called a glioblastoma. His doctors from the Huntsman Cancer Institute believe he could live anywhere from three months to about a year.
“Everybody expects I know what’s going down with this,” Kurrus said in an interview Friday. “(But it’s) new to me. It’s the first time I’ve had cancer.”
For patients like Kurrus, carefully protecting both quality and longevity of life is top of mind. For him, that means enjoying the comforts of his home in the Avenues section of Salt Lake City, while also seeing to it that his symptoms are aggressively managed.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Dr. Tom Kurrus, left, who receives comprehensive care for his brain tumor through Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Huntsman at Home program, talks about the service as his wife, Sarah, and his friend Brad Burrup listen in Salt Lake City on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018.
“I would much rather be here than looking out the window of an extended-care facility, and it’s a whole lot cheaper to be here than an extended-care facility,” Kurrus said. “There’s no question home is where you want to be. Home is where you are more in charge.”
It is with that flexibility and affordability in mind that the Huntsman Cancer Institute has debuted a new program designed to help cancer patients leave the hospital sooner and receive more comprehensive care inside their own …read more
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