Nondisclosure of a cancer diagnosis and prognosis: Recommendations for future research and practice

Chittem, M. and Maya, S. and Chawak, S. (2020) Nondisclosure of a cancer diagnosis and prognosis: Recommendations for future research and practice. Indian journal of cancer, 58 (2). pp. 158-164. ISSN 19984774

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Nondisclosure of a cancer diagnosis and prognosis is a common practice in many family-centric cultures wherein cancer is viewed negatively, resulting in family carers opposing truthful communication to patients. Oncologists comply with this request for diagnosis and/or prognosis nondisclosure owing to the cultural milieu, often choosing to describe the disease in less threatening terms such as "tumor" or "fever." This review provides a snapshot of existing research exploring diagnosis and prognosis disclosure and nondisclosure from the perspectives of the oncologists, family carers, and the patient with a particular focus on the psychological outcomes for patients who are aware versus not aware of their diagnosis and/or prognosis. Further, this review makes recommendations for future research and practice in cancer diagnosis and prognosis communication in India (e.g., communication skills training for family carers and healthcare providers).

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Chittem, MahatiUNSPECIFIED
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cancer; diagnosis; nondisclosure; prognosis
Subjects: Literature
Social sciences
Social sciences > Social Sciences Mathematical Methods
Divisions: Department of Liberal Arts
Depositing User: . LibTrainee 2021
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2021 05:59
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