Cancer Patients Seeking More Information
In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, a team of Canadian researchers has found that the vast majority of cancer patients are seeking medical information from the Internet and news media in addition to that provided by their physician.
Dr. Lillian Siu of the University of Toronto and colleagues surveyed 191 cancer patients and 410 oncologists. More than half (54 percent) of the patients said they wanted more medical information than what was being provided by their physician; 71 percent had gone out and searched for additional medical information on their own. However, 83 percent of the patients still considered their physician to be their primary source of medical information.
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