What does the Patient with Micro-Papillary Cancer Think About Active Surveillance vs Surgery?

What does the Patient with Micro-Papillary Cancer Think About Active Surveillance vs Surgery?

What does the Patient with Micro-Papillary Cancer Think About Active Surveillance vs Surgery?

What does the Patient with Micro-Papillary Cancer PMC Think About Active Surveillance AS vs Surgery?

Psychooncology 2017 Jan 26 D’agostino TA et al:

15 patients and 6 care givers

Surgery vs AS

Two themes were shared by both groups.

  1. Deep level of trust and confidence with physician and center.
  2. 2. Use of physician and internet as primary sources of disease and treatment -related information.

Three themes from the Active surveillance sample

1.View that PMC is common,indolent and low risk

2. Concern about adjusting to life without a thyroid gland and reliant on thyroid hormone replacement.

3. Openness to reconsidering surgery over the long run.

Four themes emerged from the surgery samples.

  1. Decision for quick surgery.
  2. Perception that micro cancer was life threatening.
  3. Fear of  disease progression and the uncertainty of active surveillance.
  4. Surgery as a means of control and cure.

Comments; Both groups were motivated by desire to reduce illness and treatment-uncertainty. Similar findings were noted with AS vs Surgery for prostate cancer.

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