Many cancer patients 'want to understand their condition'

14 May 2012

The majority of people who are diagnosed with a form of cancer would prefer to receive peace of mind from healthcare professionals than any other piece of information.

According to a survey carried out by Cancer Research UK, 63 per cent of respondents would like the question of how they can understand their condition answered.

On top of this, 46 per cent of patients in the study, which involved Cancer Research UK's telephone helpline and email service users, are hoping to understand the cancer that they are suffering more clearly.

However, the survey went on to reveal that just 11 per cent are immediately concerned about the treatment choices which are available to them for their condition.

Martin Ledwick, the head information nurse at Cancer Research UK, commented: "It's incredibly important that patients can make informed decisions … this survey showed that many people who contact us have a fundamental need to understand their situation which is not related to making a choice."

Posted by Edward Bartel

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