The Basic Knowledge About Breast Cancer – Part 3 of 3
While the results were pathetic hopefully, “this is a modifiable problem”. Doctors and other health care professionals can address the knowledge gap in clinics and in practices. She recommends that breast cancer patients carry along a partner, friend or other family members. “When patients come with people, it always helps,” she said, as they can take notes for the patient or think of questions that haven’t occurred to the patient.
So “I wasn’t surprised, unfortunately,” Ashing said of the in vogue study. The danger of not knowing information about your breast cancer is that it “might influence women’s decision about treatment adherence”. It might also affect how well they stake to schedules recommended for follow-up care and testing. Along with having someone accompany you to a medical visit, she recommended that breast cancer patients ask if they can talk to another patient with the same diagnosis. She has deliberate this approach, known as “peer navigation,” and found it to be helpful.