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Women Well-Informed About Breast Cancer, Yet Lacking Knowledge,About Current Treatments, New Survey Finds

in their treatment decisions," explained Dr. Gary Frenette, MD PhD Medical Oncologist with Carolinas Medical Center. "With essential information, patients can work with their physicians to achieve the best possible outcomes in the management of their diagnosis."

Key questions

Today, many women want to take an active role in participating in their treatment. CancerCare recommends that women consider the following questions to better prepare them should they face a breast cancer diagnosis:

• What kind of breast cancer do I have?

• Which treatments are available to me?

• What are the risks and benefits of those treatments?

• What is my risk that my breast cancer will come back and/or spread to another part of my body?

• Where do I go for support when I need it?

For full survey results, visit www.cancercare.org.

About the survey

The survey, sponsored by CancerCare and administered by GfK Roper Public Affairs was conducted between April 23 and May 9, 2007 via telephone among a national sample of 501 women between the ages of 50 and 65 years. Of these, 23 respondents were previously diagnosed with breast cancer. The sampling error is +/-4 percentage points. Support for the survey was provided by Novartis Oncology, (www.novartisoncology.com).

About CancerCare

CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved. CancerCare programs – including counseling, education, financial assistance and practical help – are provided by trained oncology s
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