How Patients Choose Treatment


By Molly Clifton

How a doctor describes a condition can impact the type of treatment the patient chooses.

Researchers in Massachusetts conducted a study on nearly 400 women.

The participants were all told they had Ductal Carcinoma n Situ, which is a preinvasive malignancy of the breast.

When it was described as noninvasive breast cancer, women were more likely to opt for surgery compared to when it was described as a breast lesion or abnormal cells.

In those cases, more women chose medication or just to keep a close eye on it.

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