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Symptoms, Quality of Life Gaining on Physicians' Radar

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Physicians are learning to pay more attention to patient concerns such as symptoms and quality of life, in addition to tumor shrinkage and other treatment issues.


Michael Fisch, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of General Oncology at MD Anderson, took that message to a recent video with The Wall Street Journal's Market Watch.


Asking patients closed-ended questions that set them up for a "yes" or "no" answer doesn't encourage them to open up about their concerns, Fisch notes. The likely response will be, "I'm doing just fine, doctor, keep my treatment going."


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