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[MOL] Cancer Patients Fear Chemotherapy

Hi, friends, now why should this come as such a surprise to the medical
field? DUH! 

Hope your day is a good one...love, Joicy

Cancer Patients Fear Chemotherapy as Much as Mortality: New Research
    Suggests That Despite Medical Advances, Physical and Psychological
    Side Effects of Treatment Can Still be Significant
    [04/28/99; Business Wire]

ATLANTA--(BW HealthWire)--April 28, 1999-- People who are newly 
diagnosed with cancer fear chemotherapy treatment and side effects 
as much as their own mortality, according to findings released here 
today at the Oncology Nursing Society Annual Congress.  In addition, 
the findings reveal that perceptions about chemotherapy -- and 
patients' actual physical and psychological experiences -- could 
be significantly improved if appropriate medications and psychological 
support resources were consistently made available. 

Specifically, 40 percent of the 500 chemotherapy patients who responded 
to the randomized, national survey said that prior to starting treatment 
their biggest concern was ``side effects/how I would feel physically'' 
versus 32 percent who said their biggest concern was ``whether I would 
survive cancer.'' Half of respondents said that ``when I developed side 
effects'' was a stressful time for them. 

The survey, one of the largest of chemotherapy patients completed and 
published during the last decade, was conducted by research organization 
Roper Starch Worldwide on behalf of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 
and Amgen. It evaluated patients' physical and emotional experiences 
during treatment, as well as the resources they found particularly 
valuable in managing these experiences. 

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