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New survey highlights growing concern about risk of infection in cancer patients
Date:5/28/2009

t minorities of patients do not realize that an infection may in fact negatively impact the outcomes of their chemotherapy treatment.

  • 36 percent disagree or strongly disagree that their chances for successful cancer treatment could be lower due to a dose reduction and/or delay in their chemotherapy schedule;
  • one out of four patients believes it doesn't matter if they have to take a break from their chemotherapy schedule, because they can just start back up again later; and
  • almost one-quarter of patients (22 percent) believe it doesn't matter if their doctor lowers the dose of chemotherapy treatment, because the doctor can always increase the dose later without any effect on overall treatment.

Survey Methodology

The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive, Inc. an independent market research and polling organization, with support from Amgen Inc. The survey included 430 interviews with cancer patients who are currently undergoing chemotherapy or who have undergone chemotherapy in the past 12 months, 150 oncologists and 151 infectious disease specialists. Data was collected from March 20, 2009 through April 15, 2009.

Methodology: Oncologists and Infectious Disease Specialists

Physician samples were drawn at random from the AMA master file of oncologists and infectious disease specialists. The AMA list was then matched to the Harris Interactive Online Physician Panel (HIPP) by ME number. Oncologists and infectious disease specialists on the AMA list who matched the HIPP were then included in the sampling frame and recruited to participate via e-mail invitation. Specialists in the AMA random draw who were not members of the HIPP were invited to participate via first-class mail. All e-mail and first-class mail invitations included a URL and password for one-time use to allow participants to log on to the Internet and participate in the survey research.

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Contact: Ashleigh Koss
805-313-6151
Amgen, Inc.
Source:Eurekalert

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