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Risk Info for Breast Cancer Patients Too Confusing
Date:12/12/2008

of 100 small rectangles representing the possible outcomes, 77 percent of the women correctly reported the benefit of chemotherapy.

"Even when patients are given the information they need, they have to be able to understand it well enough to make the right choice. We're making patients work too hard. Discussions of risk need to be simple and transparent so doctors can spend as little time as possible explaining the numbers to patients and as much time as possible talking about what those numbers mean," Zikmund-Fisher said.

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The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about breast cancer treatments.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, news release, Dec. 8, 2008


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