Bioethics Quarterly

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 148-158

First online:

An ethical dilemma: Information control in cancer care

  • Ruth McCorkleAffiliated withSchool of Nursing, University of Washington

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Cancer is a group of diseases that are complicated by various treatment choices available. Information exchange between a patient and physician is critical in helping people to understand what is happening to them and what options for therapy are recommended and available. When information is not exchanged, information control by one or both of the participants occurs. Information needs to be taken into account by both health care professional and patients in making decisions during the crucial phases of care. The phases of care presented are a diagnosis, treatment, the decision, and a recurrence. Factors that influence effective information exchange among patient-provider systems are discussed.