For anyone, finding out that they have any type of illness, let alone cancer, can be a life-altering event. From the time of diagnosis, it can be challenging to juggle your life, mindset, finances, and the disease. According to a new study, the stress alone of a frightening leukemia diagnosis may impede clear doctor-patient communication.
Patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) tend to view their illness and prognosis through a different lens from their doctors, researchers say.
Investigators found that patients are inclined to overestimate their risk of dying due to treatment and, at the same time, overestimate their chances for a full cure.
“Patients with AML face very challenging treatment decisions that are often placed upon them within