Changes to This Summary (06/14/2012)
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Added Fashoyin-Aje et al. as reference 2.
Added text to state that although many screening instruments have been tested with cancer patients, the NCCN Distress Thermometer has been the most widely investigated.
Added text to state that pooled results from multiple studies suggest that approximately 40% of cancer patients report significant distress (cited Carlson et al. as reference 9). Also added text to state that patients with lung, pancreatic, and brain cancers seem more likely to report distress, but in general, type of cancer is only modestly associated with distress.
Added text to state that a successful transition from screening to assessment involves clear communication between the oncology team and the patient.
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