What is it about?

Patients and their families may understand and react to cancer diagnosis differently. How they view cancer, respond to it, expect what might help or get in the way of treatment, all these may affect the medical management. Moreover, societies with great family involvement in patient care, such as the Middle East, may impact on the medical decision-making and disclosure of medical bad news (e.g., treatment failure, unexpected results, cancer recurrence, and so on). The study aimed to provide insight into how patients and their families would view the diagnosis of cancer.

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Why is it important?

Understanding patients and their families views on cancer diagnosis can help guide the treatment care. Through knowing what to expect from patients and their families when cancer diagnosis is disclosed to the patient, breaking bad news, discussing investigations, and treatment options might be handled in a better way.


We found patients preferred full disclosure of cancer diagnosis and its related information, while their families were more inclined toward scarce disclosure especially along the cancer journey. Family members also seem to expect negative attitudes towards cancer diagnosis disclosure more than the patients themselves.

Dr Ahmad Saad Alzahrani
King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center

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This page is a summary of: Attitudes of cancer patients and their families toward disclosure of cancer diagnosis in Saudi Arabia: a Middle Eastern population example, Patient Preference and Adherence, September 2018, Dove Medical Press, DOI: 10.2147/ppa.s176651.
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