How Patients Choose Treatment
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.