In this study of patients with metastatic lung or colon cancer, about 3/4 reported not understanding that chemotherapy was not going to cure their cancer. This misunderstanding was more common in nonwhite and Hispanics, and among those who rated their physician communication as being good. Many patients with incurable cancer do not understand that chemo is not curative (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.