How patients felt about CRC care — 5 survey insights

Written by Eric Oliver | July 12, 2019 | Print  |

Metastatic colorectal care patients offered insights into clinician care in a survey presented at the 2019 World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer, July 3-6 in Barcelona, Spain, Medscape reports.

Researchers surveyed 883 patients across 15 European countries.

What you should know:

1. Eighty-seven percent of respondents said clinicians treated them within three months after diagnosis. Clinicians treated 22 percent in the first two weeks following diagnosis, 36 percent between two weeks and one month after diagnosis and 29 percent between one month and three months after diagnosis.

2. Seventy-six percent of patients said clinicians informed them of the adverse effects of treatments, while 12 percent of patients said they were not informed.

3. In Belgium, 84 percent of patients felt included in care plan decision-making, while in the U.K., 74 percent of patients felt their opinions weren't considered.

4. The most common types of treatment were surgery (81 percent) and chemotherapy (90 percent).

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