Physicians and Cancer Patients: Communication and Advance Directives

  • Peter Angelos
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 140)


Over the previous several decades, numerous changes have occurred in the medical care of cancer patients in the United States. Medications and technologies not previously dreamed of are now commonplace as physicians treat patients with various malignancies. In the midst of these diagnostic and therapeutic advances, another significant change has occurred in how physicians talk to patients with cancer. Just a few decades ago, physicians routinely would not disclose the diagnosis of cancer with a patient. Today, such an approach would be unthinkable to most physicians and patients in the United States. In fact, the current discussions about advance directives assume that a certain minimum level of communication between doctor and patient has occurred.


Advance Directive Advanced Care Planning Patient Autonomy Durable Power Statistical Prognosis 
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