A recent study has found that women who
gather bit by bit information about breast cancer treatment and take some time
to decide about the treatment regime are more likely to take wiser decisions
than those who end up making all decisions in haste.
Researchers studied whether asking
women to make a series of simpler choices instead of one complex decision would
help them understand when aggressive post-surgery therapies like chemotherapy
would actually yield larger benefits.
The researchers found that the women who were
not good with numbers got confused when offered with as few as four treatment
options at once. They chose chemotherapy regardless of whether their benefit
would be 1% or 5%, while women who were good with numbers made a smarter
choice. Professor Zikmund-Fisher added, "Even
women who are good with numbers benefit from having information presented
piece-by-piece because they can better understand how much benefit comes from
each treatment option." These findings clarify about physician-patient