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Medical research benefits hugely from terminally ill patients who are willing to try anything for even two more months of painful life. There are a lot of of experimental, highly dangerous cancer treatments that could never be justified if not for the fact that even without them, the patient would have about two months to live.

That said, there will always be enough patients who want to fight for their life no matter the cost (see other comments on this page for evidence) that if you'd prefer to die in peace, you certainly shouldn't feel obliged to play the guinea pig for science.

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