Coombs: Symptom-related patient-provider communication among women with breast cancer receiving chemotherapy

Women with breast cancer receiving chemotherapy did not spontaneously offer whether they were experiencing adverse side effects, this was especially true for older women receiving treatment. In a manuscript published in the European Journal of Oncology Nursing, Dr. Lorinda Coombs and colleagues reported results from a study that audio recorded conversations between clinicians and women with breast cancer to evaluate whether moderate or severe symptoms were discussed. Women were not systematically assessed to determine whether they were having symptoms, and women who were symptomatic did not offer that information, this was especially true for the older women in the study who were receiving chemotherapy for their breast cancer. Read the full article here.