Caring about women and cancer (CAWAC): A European survey of the perspectives and experiences of women with female cancers

U. Veronesi, S. Von Kleist, K. Redmond, A. Costa, N. Delvaux, G. Freilich, A. Glaus, T. Hudson, J. G. McVie, C. Macnamara, F. Meunier, S. Pecorelli, D. Serin

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Abstract

This paper reports on the findings of the largest ever European survey of female patients' perceptions of their cancer treatment. It has provided clarification of what women consider important in relation to their management and has identified several areas where more research is needed. It has shown that women's knowledge about cancer before diagnosis is poor and the number undergoing regular screening could be improved. Women are not being adequately prepared and educated about what to expect from treatment and steps should be taken as a matter of urgency to redress this shortcoming. It was revealed that whilst families were the primary source of support to female cancer patients, women also derive considerable support from healthcare professionals, particularly senior doctors; more attention should be paid by specialists and nurses to developing psychological skills to cope with this. In this context, further research is needed into how support groups may best meet patient needs. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1667-1675
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer
Volume35
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1999

Keywords

  • Cancer services
  • Female cancers
  • Patient attitudes
  • Patient support
  • Patient survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Hematology
  • Oncology

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