A report published in the April 1 issue of Cancer stated that Dr. Stacy Gray, as lead investigator from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, has released some findings about the role internet research plays on the quality of care received by cancer survivors. Her main conclusion was that cancer survivors who research their disease and its treatments on the Internet as well as other media are more likely to get the latest treatments from their doctors.
Prior studies have shown that about 40 percent of cancer survivors look to the Internet for medical information, but there has not been prior research that shows how that information influences the choice of treatments.
Gray said that, “We looked at how colon cancer patients used health information to try to make decisions about things related to their treatment.” She reported that 69 percent of the colon cancer patients that were interviewed had actively looked for treatment information beyond their doctor visits.
“These high levels of treatment information-seeking were very strongly associated with both awareness of new novel therapies for colon cancer, and also