BREAKING BAD NEWS - PERCEPTIONS OF CANCER PATIENTS AND THEIR RELATIVES

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Abid Jameel
Muntajeeb Farooq
Salim Ullah

Abstract

Objective:

 

To study the perceptions of cancer patients and their relatives regarding disclosure of cancer

Methodology:

 

A cross sectional survey was conducted at Medical Oncology Ward, Hayatabad Medical

Complex, Peshawar from September 2009 to January 2011. A total of 114 patients and their relatives were

interviewed using a pre-designed questionnaire.

Results:

 

Eighty Three (73%) were male while 31 (27%) were female. Median age of cancer patients was

36 (18-70) years. Forty-eight percent (29/60) cancer patients wished for full disclosure of bad news while

39% (21/54) of their relatives wanted full disclosure (p= Not Significant). Sixty two percent (37/60) cancer

patients and 74% (40/54) relatives wanted to be informed in case of recurrence (p= Not Significant). Over

90% of patients and relatives wanted bad news to be broken by a senior consultant. Fifty eight percent

(35/60) cancer patients and 52% (28/54) relatives wished for their relatives to make treatment decisions

for them (p= Not Significant). However, 93% (56/60) of cancer patients and 78% (42/54) of their relatives

wanted full information about all side-effects of treatment (p < 0.02). Fifty eight percent (35/60) cancer

patients and 32% (17/54) relatives wanted their close relatives to be present while bad news was being

broken (p<0.007).

Conclusion:

 

Almost half of patients wished for full disclosure of information regarding cancer diagnosis.

Over 90% patients wanted full information regarding all side-effects of chemotherapy. It is recommended

that training regarding how to break bad news be made mandatory part of our medical training both at

undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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Jameel A, Farooq M, Ullah S. BREAKING BAD NEWS - PERCEPTIONS OF CANCER PATIENTS AND THEIR RELATIVES. J Postgrad Med Inst [Internet]. 2011 Dec. 5 [cited 2022 May 28];25(4). Available from: https://www.jpmi.org.pk/index.php/jpmi/article/view/1137
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