The Significant Difference between Cancer Patients

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Cancer is a very overwhelming difficulty to endure for many aspects. It’s not just the physical transition patients have to face, but also having to deal with the psychological burdens, and social pressures. Figuring out a treatment plan can be exhausting, especially if there’s a loss of information or trust with a physician. In a research study patients showed to be more open minded to unconventional ways of treatment when they have suffered a great deal from conventional care and lost trust in their provider. Dissatisfaction with healthcare has grown, especially since the toxic effects of chemotherapy have become better known (Münstedt, Kirsch, Milch, Sachsse, & Vahrson, 1996). Other studies have suggested that very few doctors would consider collaborating with unconventional practitioners, and if they agreed it would be for the premises of research studies (Gray, Fitch, & Greenberg, 1998). In particular, if their patients had brought up the topic of unconventional therapy some would suggest they investigate it themselves. Other physicians would provide some information, but in almost every case none of the physicians were interested in bringing up the topic first (Gray et al., 1998). Patients do like to make their choices based on scientific merit, and with factual data, which alternative therapies cannot provide. However most patients tended to base their decision on other cancer patients that have underwent different types of treatment. They study other testimonials and even value their experience higher than their physicians’ opinions (Hufford, 1995.)
Trusting a physician is crucial as a cancer patient, because their lives literally depend on it. A research study was conducted examining t...

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