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Podcast: Doctors May Not Recognize the Severity of Radiation SFX


SABCS 2020: Doctors May Not Recognize the Severity of Radiation Side Effects

January 19, 2021

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Dr. Reshma Jagsi is the Newman Family Professor and deputy chair of the department of radiation oncology and director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine at the University of Michigan.

At the 2020 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, she presented results from a study looking at how well doctors recognized radiation treatment side effects among people treated for breast cancer.

Listen to the episode to hear Dr. Jagsi explain:

  • why the researchers decided to look at this topic
  • why certain groups, including younger women and women who are Black or of a race other than Asian or white, were more likely to have their doctors assess their side effects as less severe than they really were
  • how patients can help make sure their doctors understand the severity of any side effects they're having

Running time: 12:59

Listen now or read the transcript.