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U.S. Cancer Patients Face Barriers to Care, Study Finds
Date:6/3/2011

would benefit from more guidance during the initial phase of their care.

"Patients who are newly diagnosed with cancer may be confused or frightened," study co-author Dr. Katrina Armstrong, chief of the division of General Internal Medicine and associate director of Outcomes and Delivery in the Abramson Cancer Center, said in the news release.

"Asking them to find their way through the complex process of obtaining imaging studies and other tests or collecting records from another doctor prior to scheduling an appointment may pose an undue burden, and cancer centers should be prepared to provide help with those preliminary steps," Armstrong urged.

Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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The American Cancer Society provides insight on what cancer patients can expect during their first oncology appointment.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, news release, June 1, 2011


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