GPs outdo oncologists on lifestyle advice

Oncologists sceptical about lifestyle benefits and 'focus on life or death', survey suggests

Primary care physicians are far more likely than oncologists to advise patients on lifestyle changes that could improve overall health and possibly also reduce the risk of cancer recurrence, a US survey suggests.

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Oncologists only rarely offer patients advice on health promotion strategies, such as weight loss and smoking cessation, researchers from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago report in the journal Cancer.

To investigate oncologist attitudes towards lifestyle counselling, they surveyed 91