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Author Topic: Cancer Patients Often Wish They’d Been Told More About Side Effects  (Read 365 times)

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People who have undergone cancer treatment often wish that their health care providers had better prepared them for the side effects they experienced.

So finds a national survey of 403 people treated for cancer with radiation therapy within the past five years. The survey was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies on behalf of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and published in the Journal of Oncology Practice.

"An unfortunate reality of cancer treatment is that therapy also has side effects that can impact a patient’s quality of life,” Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, the senior author of the study and the Newman Family professor of radiation oncology at the University of Michigan, said in a press release. “Nearly all patients in the survey felt confident about their treatment decisions, but a sizable number also expressed a clear need for more information about potential side effects.”

Thirty-seven percent of those who received radiation therapy, 36% of those who received chemotherapy and 34% of those who received surgery to treat their cancer said they would have liked to have received more information about the side effects they experienced. Thirty-eight percent of those who experienced severe side effects reported feeling insufficiently informed, compared with just 4% of those who reported minimal side effects.

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https://www.cancerhealth.com/article/cancer-patients-often-wish-told-side-effects

 


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