Study: How Doctors Tell Patients They Have Cancer

by: cancercompass

The Los Angeles Times recently published an interesting article regarding a study from the National Cancer Institute and Columbia University regarding how doctors tell patients they have cancer. The study was published this month in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Researchers asked 437 patients how they received their diagnosis:

•    54% were told their diagnosis in person in the doctor's office
•    28% were told their diagnosis while in the hospital
•    18% were told their diagnosis by phone

How did your doctor tell you that you have cancer?

Patients were also asked, on a scale from 0-100, how satisfied they were with the way their doctors delivered the diagnosis – the average score was 73.5.

Using that same scale, how would you rate how satisfied you were when your doctor told you that you have cancer?