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Expectations of chemotherapy side effects influence patients' experiences during breast cancer treatment

from Oncology Nurse Advisor

Think positive. That is the take-away from a study of the relationship between patient expectations and medication side effects experienced by women with breast cancer. Researchers in Germany and the United States sought to understand the significance of patients' expectations of the side effects they might experience from their treatment, in particular the nonspecific toxic effects of chemotherapy such as nausea, pain and fatigue. Do these expectations play a role in what patients actually experience? more

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