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RODRIGUEZ CORTES, Nalia; GALA VIDAL, Héctor; COUSO SEOANE, Clemente  and  GARCIA DIAZ, Reina de la Caridad. Approaches before the challenge of the information to cancer patients. MEDISAN [online]. 2010, vol.14, n.7, pp.926-934. ISSN 1029-3019.

A descriptive and cross-sectional study was carried out in the family doctor's office No. 4, belonging to the Teaching Polyclinic from «El Cristo» village in Santiago de Cuba, in 2008, to determine the approaches to the information desired by cancer patients and some of the attitudes of those who knew about their diagnosis. People with high school level, those who were in favor of being told the truth about their illness, those who preferred to remain in their home as a final stay for the terminal stage, and those that showed to be afraid, mainly of the unbearable pain, prevailed in the case material. The chi square-test of homogeneity was used to compare proportions with a confidence of 95%.

Keywords : cancer; approaches to cancer diagnosis; primary health care.

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