Can I stop dialysis treatment if I want to?

There may come a time when you feel you want to discontinue dialysis treatment. You may feel that dialysis is no longer maintaining or improving your quality of life. If this occurs, it is important to know that you have the right to make the decision to stop dialysis. You are encouraged to discuss your reasons for wanting to stop treatment with your doctor, other members of your healthcare team and your loved ones before making a final decision.

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