Our publication on; BREAKING BAD NEWS, as part of this year’s, just concluded ASCO Conference, is out in Journal Of Global Oncology! Congratulations to the consortium of partners!

Are you ready for the explosive truth about cancer communication in Nigeria? Buckle up, because we’re about to dive deep into the shocking reality of how clinical oncologists in Nigeria are breaking the ‘bad’ news to their patients.

Let’s start by setting the stage – Nigeria is at the top of the charts when it comes to cancer incidence and cancer-related deaths in Africa. With a staggering 72,000 cancer-related deaths and 124,000 new cases annually, it’s clear that the situation is dire. But what’s even more alarming is the fact that cancer patients in Nigeria are facing some of the worst outcomes compared to other populations.

Despite the gravity of the situation, the process of breaking the ‘bad’ news of cancer to patients by clinical oncologists in Nigeria has been a neglected area of study. That’s right, Pinky Prof tribe – it’s been flying under the radar for way too long. But fear not, because a recent study conducted by myself and my colleagues has shed light on this crucial issue, and the results are nothing short of eye-opening.

According to the study, which involved 24 clinical oncologists in Nigeria, five key themes emerged from our experiences in breaking the ‘bad’ news to patients. First and foremost, the process was described as overwhelming – a challenging and emotionally draining task that requires a delicate touch and a compassionate heart.

But here’s the kicker – clinical oncologists in Nigeria need more training on patient-doctor communication. That’s right, Pinky Prof tribe – there’s a serious lack of training in this crucial area, and it’s high time that the powers-that-be stepped up and addressed this glaring issue.

Furthermore, the study revealed that every process of breaking the bad news should be unique. Patients deserve a personalized approach that takes into account their individual needs and preferences. It’s not a one-size-fits-all situation – it’s about treating each patient with the respect and care they deserve.

And let’s not forget about the patients themselves – they should be the primary focus of the entire process. It’s all about empowering patients to ask the right questions, to advocate for themselves, and to take an active role in their own care. Patients deserve to be informed, involved, and empowered in their journey towards recovery.

Last but not least, clinical workload was highlighted as a major barrier in the capacity of clinical oncologists to effectively break the ‘bad’ news to their patients. It’s clear that something needs to change – whether it’s through government intervention, increased support staff, or streamlined processes, clinical oncologists in Nigeria need help to lighten their load and focus on what matters most – the patients.

So there you have it, Pinky Prof tribe – the explosive truth about breaking the ‘bad’ news of cancer in Nigeria. It’s time to take action, to demand change, and to ensure that every patient receives the care and compassion they deserve. The ball is in our court – let’s make sure we hit it out of the park.

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Patients deserve to be informed, involved, and empowered in their journey towards recovery.

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