publication date: Sep. 4, 2020

Clinical Roundup

NCCS survivorship data demonstrates prevailing “doctor knows best” mindset

Data from the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship’s 2020 State of Cancer Survivorship Survey show that cancer survivors are likely to rely on their doctor to tell them what treatment option is best.

The 2020 State of Cancer Survivorship report, executive summary, web briefing recording, infographic, and additional materials related to the survey are posted here.

This survey is a follow-up to the 2018-2019 NCCS survey and includes 15 in-depth interviews and an online survey fielded April 15-May 1 with 1,319 respondents in two groups. A national sample of 840 survivors used quota sampling to ensure it was representative of the adult US cancer population.

National sample respondents represent a range of cancer diagnoses, stages, phases of treatment, and perspectives. A companion survey included 479 respondents invited from the NCCS database.

The top findings of the 2020 State of Cancer Survivorship Survey are:

“Doctor knows best” about treatment is the prevailing mindset of cancer patients nationally. By almost a 3-to-1 margin, cancer survivors are more likely to rely on their doctor to tell them what treatment option was best (61%) versus being involved in the research and decision (22%).

Those who report being more involved in initial treatment decisions tend to have more positive post treatment experiences. Patients who report being involved in treatment decisions felt better prepared for post treatment (55%, vs. 50% who were not involved in initial treatment decision making), proactively spoke to their provider about post treatment care (53%, vs. 40%), and describe their post-treatment medical care as “excellent” (59%, vs. 50%).

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