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."
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
• 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
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).
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
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