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Information and choice in decisions about cancer treatment

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 08 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:955
  1. S L Turner,
  2. E J Maher
  1. Mount Vernon Centre for Cancer Treatment, Mount Vernon and Watford Hospitals NHS Trust, Northwood, Middlesex HA6 2RN.

    EDITOR, - We support L J Fallowfield and colleagues' conclusions that patients' “desire for autonomy may be less strong than the need for clear and accurate information” and that patients “have the right to decline the opportunity to participate in decision making.”1 In a study of 165 patients treated for Hodgkin's disease within protocols of the British national lymphoma investigation, with a median interval from diagnosis of eight years, we examined patients' participation in decision making and the provision of information and choice. Of …

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