Newsmaker: Kathleen Mazor on why cancer patients rarely report treatment problems

By Lisa M. Larson

UMass Medical School Communications

April 19, 2012
  Kathleen Mazor, EdD

A new study led by Kathleen Mazor, EdD, associate professor of medicine and assistant director of the Meyers Primary Care Institute, shows that many cancer patients who had problems with their treatment don’t report them, according to Reuters.

"When people are undergoing something like cancer, they really feel they need to put all their energy on looking forward," Dr. Mazor told the news service. “They're thinking about getting better, moving forward, dealing with cancer and coming out the other end."

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Cancer patients rarely speak up about care problems