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Carolyn Lefkowits, MD, MPH, MS, assistant professor, University of Colorado Denver, discusses concerns women with gynecologic cancer have regarding their prognosis.
In a qualitative study in which patients and providers were interviewed about supportive and palliative care, Lefkowits and her team found that patients had a number of items they wanted to discuss about their prognosis, and questions stemmed far from the typical question of, “Will this disease kill me?”
Women wanted honest discussions about not only their life expectancy, but also the side effects of their treatment, what their future holds, what remission will be like and if they can expect the disease to come back.