Journal article

Community (mis)understanding of colorectal cancer treatment

RJS Thomas, VA Clarke

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF SURGERY | BLACKWELL SCIENCE | Published : 1998

Abstract

BACKGROUND: A study was undertaken to assess community understanding of colorectal cancer symptoms and colorectal cancer treatment. METHODS: A computer-assisted telephone survey was undertaken to interview 1000 men and women aged 40-60 years. RESULTS: Overall there was a considerable lack of information in the community about colorectal cancer symptoms and treatment. Men were less knowledgeable than women, and 28% of men were unable to name any symptoms of bowel cancer. Although surgery was mentioned by 53% of the sample, a third could not name any treatments. Most responses to questions about the effects of treatment related to chemotherapy-related disturbances and the possibility of having..

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