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Online information on pancreatic cancer often above reading level of general population

May 4, 2016

Online health information regarding pancreatic cancer often overestimated the reading level of the general population and lacked accurate information about alternative therapeutic options, according to study results published in JAMA Surgery.

“As a pancreatic surgeon, I noticed a variable level of knowledge on the complex topic of treatment among my patients, as well as a variable level of research that patients and families have done during the treatment period,” Tara S. Kent, MD, MS, assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and program director of the general surgery residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, told HemOnc Today. “The Internet is varied, so we wanted to see what information was most searchable, whether or not it was accurate, and whether it was written in a way that most people could understand.”

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