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Clinics fail to provide required cancer information

Published söndag 8 maj 2011 kl 10.05

According to a study conducted by the Swedish Cancer Society, men here with prostate cancer are often not presented with information about alternative methods of treatment.

The society has monitored 34 clinics within 16 county councils. While according to the Swedish Social Welfare Board’s regulations, prostate cancer patients should meet both oncologists and urologists to inform themselves about treatment alternatives, in close to one-third of the clinics in the study only 6 to 19 percent of patients were given this opportunity.

The newspaper Dagens Nyheter, which reports on the study, says the usual explanation at clinics is a lack of time and resources.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in Sweden. Around 1000 cases are diagnosed annually and around 2500 men here die from the disease every year.

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