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Overcoming Barriers to Cancer Care: Patient and Public Perspectives

  • Karen Donelan
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A diagnosis of cancer thrusts patients and their loved ones into a sea of emotions, information, and life-altering decisions. A person with a frequently complex disease meets a complex health care system. The circumstances of diagnosis are variable. Some people feel completely healthy and are totally surprised by a positive cancer screening test. Others come to this moment following weeks or months of foreboding in which they either sought or even avoided a diagnosis.

Keywords

Health Disparity Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Limited English Proficiency Cancer Information Patient Navigation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ScD, MGH Cancer Center, Massachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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