1 in 4 young cancer patients regret initial treatment decisions

Their trust in their oncologist is a major factor in whether or not they feel regret, study shows

Most teens and young adults with cancer want a voice in how their tumours are treated, but almost one in four express regret about the initial treatment decisions made, a study suggests.

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Researchers surveyed 203 cancer patients, ages 15-29, within six weeks of their diagnosis to ask about their decision-making preferences and experiences.

They checked back with these young patients again after four months and one year to see whether their feelings about treatment decisions changed over time.

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