A new diagnosis of localized cancer can be an emotional rollercoaster of ups and downs, dread and optimism, fear and empowerment. Added to this distress is the seemingly impossible task of gathering sufficient information to make the best evidence-informed decision regarding an optimal individualized treatment plan.
To assess nationally the use of questionable cancertherapies. DESIGN: Survey of cancer patients or their families regardinguse of questionable methods of cancer treatment; sample survey ofphysicians’ perception of use. PARTICIPANTS: 36,000 households; 5,047individuals; 91 physicians.