publication . Article . 2001

Participation of patients in decisions about treatment for cancer

Lesley Fallowfield;
  • Published: 17 Nov 2001
  • Country: United Kingdom
The primary aim of treatment for cancer is to improve the quality of life of patients by curing them or producing a long and worthwhile remission and ameliorating their worst symptoms. For many types of cancers, however, the most appropriate management is not always clear or based on the best evidence from well conducted randomised controlled trials.\ud \ud Clinicians may have more than one therapeutic option to offer patients and there are many calls for more involvement of patients in decision making about their treatment. Two fundamental issues should be determined when discussing treatment choices with patients—their own preferences about the amount and type...
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