New Study: Breast Cancer Patients Want More Involvement in Treatment
New research finds that breast cancer patients aren't getting the control over their own bodies they would like.
Doctor Timothy Johnson has details in your health report.
The National Cancer Institute says almost $227 thousand women will get breast cancer this year in the United States.
A study in the journal of clinical oncology online finds that two-thirds of early-stage breast cancer patients want to have a role in decisions about their medical treatment.
In a survey of 683 women with breast cancer in five countries, only 28 out of 100 said they wanted to leave treatment decisons to their
But 46 out of a hundred said their doctors ended up making the final decisions anyway.
Yet woman who had more involvement were less conflicted over the final decision and more satisfied with that decision.
About a third of the women wanted to give doctors final say over treatment decisions.
One expert says that when there are multiple reasonable treatment options for early-stage breast cancer... women will usually choose
participatory decision making.
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