Doctors must improve communication with young people says CLIC Sargent

We were pleased to see that the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey released today showed that there has been a general perception of an improvement in services for cancer patients, and that young cancer patients aged 16 to 25 are more likely to be given information about financial help and benefits.

However, we are concerned that young cancer patients still feel they are not being given information about their condition in a way that they can understand. This has also been picked up in two previous national cancer surveys and data from the Care Quality Commission.

“It is crucial that young people understand the medical information they are given, so that they can make informed decisions whenever possible,” said Lorraine Clifton, Chief Executive of CLIC Sargent

“Health professionals need to address this by looking at how they communicate, and consulting with young people so that clear, concise and accurate information without jargon or unnecessary medical terminology becomes standard.”