Breast cancer patients want a say in treatment options, study shows
Feb 22, 2012
A new study, which was a compilation of surveys on women from five different countries, shows that approximately two-thirds of women who are diagnosed with early stage breast cancer want a say when it comes to their treatment, according to Reuters Health.
"I think sometimes clinicians think most patients don't want to participate in decisions, particularly around serious things like cancer, and that's not the finding here or in previous studies," Richard Brown, the lead author of the study and an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, told the news source.
There were 683 women who responded, and it was reported that 28 percent of the respondents wanted to delegate the choice, but 46 percent wrote that their doctor eventually made the decision.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. Not only is it the second most common form of breast cancer among women behind skin cancer, but it is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer.