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What we don’t talk about when we talk about cancer

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The Financial Times (paywall) reports that in contemporary China, it’s common for doctors to withhold a diagnosis from cancer patients. According to a recent survey of Chinese physicians, doctors are inclined to first disclose a cancer diagnosis to the patient’s family members, believing that for a cancer patient, “worry caused by the diagnosis could make the condition worse.” In addition, they are afraid of being held responsible for any negative reaction to the diagnosis. The practice, however, is in many cases against patients’ wishes, as other research indicates that more than 70 percent of patients actually want to be informed of any diagnosis.


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Jiayun Feng

Jiayun was born in Shanghai, where she spent her first 20 years and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Fudan University. Interested in writing for a global audience, she attended the NYU Graduate School of Journalism for its Global & Joint Program Studies, which allowed her to pursue a journalism career along with her interest in international relations. She has previously interned for Sixth Tone and Shanghai Daily.