-- Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer patients are
often faced with many difficult-to-understand treatment choices
that can have serious side effects and even mean the difference
between life and death.
That's why it's crucial that patients insist doctors use plain
language in explaining the options, advised Angela Fagerlin, an
associate professor of internal medicine at the University of
Michigan Medical School and a researcher at the U-M Comprehensive
"People are making life and death decisions that may affect their survival and they need to know what they're getting themselves into. Cancer treatments and tests can be serious. Patients need to know what kind of side effects they might experience as a result of the treatment they undergo," Fagerlin said in a university news release.
She and her colleagues outlined a number of tips to help
patients get the information they need to make an informed
decision. These tips, published in the Sept. 19 online edition of
Journal of the National Cancer Institute, include the following:
The American Cancer Society has more about
cancer treatments and side effects.
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