18th April 09:44
Commonly-Held Belief Contributes To Rejection Of Lung Cancer Surgery (pulmonary cancer tumor)
Commonly-Held Belief Contributes To Rejection Of Lung Cancer Surgery
Nearly 40 percent of patients believe that the exposure
of lung cancer to air at the time of surgery promotes the
spread of the cancer, according to a study published in
today's Annals of Internal Medicine. Based on this
commonly-held belief -- which is not supported by
empirical evidence -- a significant number of patients
might reject lung-cancer surgery, even if their physician
''This belief is very prevalent, especially among African-
Americans, and it may be used by many to avoid
recommended surgical intervention,'' noted Mitchell L.
Margolis, MD, director of the pulmonary clinic at the
Philadelphia Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center and
lead author of the study. ''Our findings may be helpful in
suggesting appropriate action by physicians to address
this belief,'' he added.
Margolis and his research team surveyed 626 pulmonary and
lung-cancer outpatients at five VA and non-VA sites in
three urban settings -- Los Angeles, CA; Philadelphia,
PA; and Charleston, SC. Forty-five percent of all
patients acknowledged having heard of the belief that
exposure to air during surgery causes tumor spread; and
37 percent said they believed it to be true. . . .
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