Shared Decision Making Missing in Cancer Screening Discussions

“A national survey of patients reveals that physicians don’t always fully discuss the risks and benefits of cancer screening, reports a new study in American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

“The study examined data from more than 1100 people aged 50 and older who made decisions about whether to undergo screening for breast cancer, colorectal cancer, or prostate cancer in the previous 2 years. Participants were asked whether their physicians discussed the pros and cons of screening and of forgoing screening, and if they had been given a choice whether or not to be screened.”


Many Physicians Lack Confidence Interpreting Genomic Test Results

“Oncologists’ intentions to utilize multiplex genomic testing, as well as the confidence they feel interpreting test results and discussing them with patients, vary considerably, a study conducted at a tertiary-care NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center showed.

“The results suggest the need for genomic screening guidelines and physician education about genomic testing, researchers wrote.”

Editor’s note: More and more, doctors recommend cancer treatments based on genetic data, including the results of molecular tests. At Cancer Commons, we encourage patients to talk to their doctors about whether genetic testing can help with treatment decisions.


Many Physicians Lack Confidence Interpreting Genomic Test Results

“Oncologists’ intentions to utilize multiplex genomic testing, as well as the confidence they feel interpreting test results and discussing them with patients, vary considerably, a study conducted at a tertiary-care NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center showed.

“The results suggest the need for genomic screening guidelines and physician education about genomic testing, researchers wrote.”

Editor’s note: More and more, doctors recommend cancer treatments based on genetic data, including the results of molecular tests. At Cancer Commons, we encourage patients to talk to their doctors about whether genetic testing can help with treatment decisions.


Many Physicians Lack Confidence Interpreting Genomic Test Results

“Oncologists’ intentions to utilize multiplex genomic testing, as well as the confidence they feel interpreting test results and discussing them with patients, vary considerably, a study conducted at a tertiary-care NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center showed.

“The results suggest the need for genomic screening guidelines and physician education about genomic testing, researchers wrote.”

Editor’s note: More and more, doctors recommend cancer treatments based on genetic data, including the results of molecular tests. At Cancer Commons, we encourage patients to talk to their doctors about whether genetic testing can help with treatment decisions.


Life Beyond the Cancer Clinic

“Three years.

“That’s the total amount of time we train to be oncologists.

“It’s both a lot of time and not enough.

“When we enter our oncology fellowships, most of us have spent four years in college, four or five years in medical school, and three years completing an internal medicine residency. We donate our 20s — what are supposed to be our “fabulous years” — to studying how to be doctors. Is it any wonder we emerge just a little bit socially awkward and behind the times? And then we dedicate what seems like an eternity — another three years — to specialize in cancer.”


Life Beyond the Cancer Clinic

“Three years.

“That’s the total amount of time we train to be oncologists.

“It’s both a lot of time and not enough.

“When we enter our oncology fellowships, most of us have spent four years in college, four or five years in medical school, and three years completing an internal medicine residency. We donate our 20s — what are supposed to be our “fabulous years” — to studying how to be doctors. Is it any wonder we emerge just a little bit socially awkward and behind the times? And then we dedicate what seems like an eternity — another three years — to specialize in cancer.”


Life Beyond the Cancer Clinic

“Three years.

“That’s the total amount of time we train to be oncologists.

“It’s both a lot of time and not enough.

“When we enter our oncology fellowships, most of us have spent four years in college, four or five years in medical school, and three years completing an internal medicine residency. We donate our 20s — what are supposed to be our “fabulous years” — to studying how to be doctors. Is it any wonder we emerge just a little bit socially awkward and behind the times? And then we dedicate what seems like an eternity — another three years — to specialize in cancer.”


Cancer Patient Demands Rarely Lead to Unnecessary Tests and Treatments

“Despite claims suggesting otherwise, inappropriate cancer patient demands are few and very rarely lead to unnecessary tests and treatments from their health care providers, according to new results from a study that will be presented by researchers in the Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania during the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago in early June (Abstract #6530).”


Cancer Patient Demands Rarely Lead to Unnecessary Tests and Treatments

“Despite claims suggesting otherwise, inappropriate cancer patient demands are few and very rarely lead to unnecessary tests and treatments from their health care providers, according to new results from a study that will be presented by researchers in the Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania during the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago in early June (Abstract #6530).”