Many Terminal Cancer Patients Put False Hope in Chemo, Study Finds

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Doctors must improve their message, researchers say

 

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Wed Oct 24, 2012 11:32 PM

This is so true. My husband died 18 months ago of maxillary sinus cancer that eventually worked its way to the brain. 19 months of treatmetn. His death was a shock to me, but really should not have been after reflecting back on the situation we were faced with. In my opinion the healthcare profession needs to dramatically change the way they communicate to patients and family members regarding the treatment and outcome. There were a lot of decisions about the difficulty of the treatment but no communication regarding the outcome, hence the shock of his death, thinking we could beat it. Maybe we were suppose to read between the lines with the doctors but why? I hope and pray that  communication improves between doctors, patients and families were they are all on the same page.  

Wed Oct 24, 2012 11:32 PM

This is so true. My husband died 18 months ago of maxillary sinus cancer that eventually worked its way to the brain. 19 months of treatmetn. His death was a shock to me, but really should not have been after reflecting back on the situation we were faced with. In my opinion the healthcare profession needs to dramatically change the way they communicate to patients and family members regarding the treatment and outcome. There were a lot of decisions about the difficulty of the treatment but no communication regarding the outcome, hence the shock of his death, thinking we could beat it. Maybe we were suppose to read between the lines with the doctors but why? I hope and pray that  communication improves between doctors, patients and families were they are all on the same page.  

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