Not terribly surprising to me (if anything, I would have expected the number to be higher, and do not expect men are much different). Part of the problem for those of us with cancer is the steep learning curve; the medical science is often complex, the treatment options not always clear-cut, and it takes us time to become a more knowledgeable and thus empowered patient. Of course, more can and should be done, but I think the challenge will remain. Quote:
He [Steven Katz] said that for patients trying to make the best treatment choices, the smartest thing they can do is have a team of doctors – an experienced surgeon, a medical oncologist, a radiation oncologist and a plastic surgeon – all working on their case and sharing ideas.
“The purpose (of the study) was not to say women shouldn’t be provided with these treatment options, but that the information really needs to be tailored better,” said [Jennifer] Livaudais, who is now at the University of California, San Francisco.
She recommended that doctors ask each patient how much responsibility she feels comfortable taking.
“Some patients prefer… for the information to be presented in simpler terms, or for the physician to recommend something to them,” she added.