Communication gaps between patients with breast cancer, caregivers, oncology care team
the ONA take:
Survey results presented at the 37th Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium reveal that discussions on basic disease information between patients with metastatic breast cancer, their caregivers, and oncologists need improvement.
The “Make your dialogue count” survey was conducted from June 2014 through August 2014. It was developed to gain insight from adult women ages 21 years and older with metastatic breast cancer, adult caregivers of these patients who attend at least half the patients’ clinic visits, and medical oncologists who treat five or more women with metastatic breast cancer per month.
Survey results indicate most patients (83%) and caregivers (76%) are extremely or very involved in treatment decisions; however, many patients and caregivers did not know the HER2 status (20% and 29%, respectively) or the HR status (16% and 30%, respectively).
In addition, 27% of oncologists indicated that they do not discuss the fact that metastatic breast cancer is incurable with patients in certain circumstances.
Most patients (73%) want more information on preventing and minimizing side effects; however, 43% of patients do not always openly discuss side effects with their oncologists. The investigators conclude that improved dialogue can clarify patients’ and caregivers’ expectations about disease management.
Discussions on basic disease information between patients with metastatic breast cancer, caregivers, and oncologists.
- Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs May Prevent Breast Cancer Recurrence
- BBD Regimen Efficacious as First-line Therapy for Myeloma
- Idelalisib Increases Progression-Free Survival in Patients with Relapsed or Refractory Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
- Some Early Breast Cancer Patients Should Have Breast Conservation Instead of Mastectomy
- Trends in Behaviors, Medical Practice Indicate Mortality From Melanoma Will Decline
- Survivors Reporting Chronic Neuropathic Pain Struggle to Retain Jobs
- Timing of Chemotherapy Infusion Affects Inflammatory Response to Chemotherapy
- Postoperative Gemcitabine Plus Capecitabine: A New Standard of Care for Pancreatic Cancer
- Blood-Forming Stem Cell Transplants (Fact Sheet)
- Nut Consumption Inversely Associated With Lung Cancer Risk
- Decipher Genomic Classifier Prognostic for Distant Prostate Metastasis
- GUCS 2017: Adjuvant Trials in Post-radical Prostatectomy Prostate Cancer Feasible
- Annual Screening of High-Risk Smokers Only More Cost-effective Than Current Methods
- Blood Test Predicts Stem Cell Transplant Success in Myelodysplastic Syndrome
- Metronomic Chemotherapy: Improved Tumor Blood Supply Leads to Better Treatment
Sign Up for Free e-newsletters
Regimen and Drug Listings
GET FULL LISTINGS OF TREATMENT Regimens and Drug INFORMATION
|Head and Neck Cancer||Regimens||Drugs|