Terminology Affects Breast Cancer Patients’ Treatment Preferences
(Ivanhoe Newswire) –New research shows that when ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS, a preinvasive malignancy of the breast) is described as a high-risk condition instead simply cancer, more women report that they would opt for nonsurgical treatments.
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital—Institute for Technology Assessment, Boston, presented three scenarios that described a diagnosis of DCIS as noninvasive breast cancer, breast lesion, or abnormal cells to 394 healthy women. After each scenario, the women chose between three treatment options (medication, surgery, or active surveillance).
When DCIS was described using the term noninvasive cancer, 53 percent preferred nonsurgical options, whereas 66 percent preferred nonsurgical options when the term was breast lesion and 69 percent preferred nonsurgical options when the term was abnormal cells.
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SOURCE: JAMA Internal Medicine, August 2013
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