Most Ovarian Cancer Patients Want Doctors to Discuss the Unknowns, Survey Indicates

Most Ovarian Cancer Patients Want Doctors to Discuss the Unknowns, Survey Indicates
Sixty-four percent of ovarian cancer patients are concerned enough about their path forward that they want doctors to discuss the unknowns of the disease with them, according to a survey of patients and doctors. That figure reflects many patients' uncertainty about what to expect after they've been diagnosed --  whether the uncertainly is immediately after they get the news or surface when they're looking for resources and connections to help them minimize the disease's burden. The national survey also showed that about twice as many doctors as patients believe it's important to discuss the risk of the cancer recurring and the emotional challenges of the disease. The same doctor-patient dichotomy applies to the question of whether expectations of treatment should be discussed at every visit, or at least often. Tesaro developed the survey, called Our Way Forwardwith help from the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance. The company develops cancer treatments. Two hundred fifty-four ovarian cancer patients and 232 ovarian and other cancer specialists took part in the survey between April and May 2017. In addition to gathering patient and doctor thoughts about discussing cancer, the survey was designed to help the two sides identify opportunities to  develop educational and support tools for the ovarian cancer community. Tesaro described its initiative as a call to action to encourage ovarian cancer patients, their loved ones, and healthcare providers to rethink how they discuss the cancer and ways to work together
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