Navigating difficult conversations

Fabian Johnston, Michael Beckman

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3 Scopus citations


Breaking bad news and navigating difficult conversations is challenging and a frequent occurrence in surgical oncology practice. Cancer communication recommendations are guided by ethical principles, legal precedence, and emerging evidence regarding patient preference and efficacy of communication tools. Evidence continues to mount supporting a patient-centered communication approach and a model of shared decision making. Likewise, physician training in effective patient-centered cancer communication continues to evolve.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Surgical Oncology
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • bad news
  • patient-centered
  • shared decision making

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology


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