Patients’ Expectations about Effects of Chemotherapy for Advanced Cancer


“This research studied 1193 patients participating in the Cancer Care Outcomes Research and Surveillance (CanCORS) study (a national, prospective, observational cohort study) who were alive 4 months after diagnosis and received chemotherapy for newly diagnosed metastatic (stage IV) lung or colorectal cancer. We sought to characterize the prevalence of the expectation that chemotherapy might be curative and to identify the clinical, sociodemographic, and health-system factors associated with this expectation. Data were obtained from a patient survey by professional interviewers in addition to a comprehensive review of medical records.”


New England Journal of Medicine


N Engl J Med 2012; 367:1616-1625

Resource Type:

Journal Article


Jane C. Weeks, M.D et al