Improving communication in cancer - an ABC Global Alliance, Breast Cancer Network Australia, Champalimaud Foundation workshop

The ABC Guidelines highlight the need for sensitive and honest communication with patients and families, and
the need for oncology professionals to undergo training in this area. “Breaking bad news” is a regular task for
oncologists, and patients may react with a variety of emotional responses, including anxiety, distress, anger and
disbelief. Flexibility is required in responding appropriately to these emotions and paving the way for treatment
discussions in a collaborative manner.

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