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Educating Cancer Patients on Treatments Can Improve Cancer Care Experiences

In the United Kingdom, an annual survey is conducted that asks cancer patients about their experience, satisfaction and level of trust after being treated at different hospitals. The 2013/2014 National Cancer Patient Experience survey yielded results that should command the attention of hospital administrators around the world.

The survey indicated that Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals Trust earned the highest marks for a full third of the questions that were asked of 253 patients, and the survey results showed that the greatest improvement areas for the hospitals came in the area of information and education.  Though actual treatment was obviously important, the areas that made a real difference in the level of trust that patients felt came when patients were given straightforward and extensive information on the impact that their cancer would have on their work or school schedule and information on getting financial help for cancer. Patients also valued being told of the opportunity to participate in clinical research trials and being told the possible outcomes of every procedure that they were about to undergo.

The more information that cancer patients have, the more control that they feel they have of their lives. The uncertainty of a diagnosis, or the reality of an advanced cancer diagnosis, is exacerbated by financial worries. Fifth Season Financial provides relief from financial stress by making cancer loans available to those who have received an advanced cancer diagnosis. Contact us to see how we can help you to make decisions based upon what is best for you and your family, without having to worry about how you’re going to pay.

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