A nationwide survey conducted in France shows the need for increased education about lung cancer.
Lung cancer management in recent years has improved patient outcomes because of screening, improved surgery and radiotherapy in early and locally-advanced stages of disease, new chemotherapies, validated maintenance therapy, and effective targeted therapies. However, fears or misperceptions about lung cancer may alter physician-patient communications and could delay lung cancer screening, diagnosis, or treatment. Evaluating lung cancer perceptions in the general population may ameliorate these potential obstacles by identifying the knowledge gaps which could be filled in with public education programs.
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