(Alexandria, VA, Wednesday, October 31, 2018) – The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), in collaboration with Harris Poll, will be releasing the second annual National Cancer Opinion Survey, which tracks the U.S. public’s views on cancer research and care.

As the world’s leading organization of oncology professionals who care for people with cancer, ASCO believes it is critical to understand what the public, including patients, think of, expect, and need from the nation’s cancer care system. The National Cancer Opinion Survey includes answers to the following questions:

  • What are your greatest concerns about being diagnosed with cancer?
  • About how long does/did it take you to travel (one way) to see your doctor who is/was managing your cancer care?
  • Which of the following methods, if any, have you used to help manage your cancer-related symptoms (i.e., pain, nausea, etc.)?
  • To what extent do you believe that cancer can be cured solely through alternative therapies, without standard cancer treatment(s).
  • How concerned are you/have you been about being able to afford your or a family member’s cancer treatment?

This second annual poll, being released on Tuesday, October 30, was conducted online in the U.S. by The Harris Poll on behalf of ASCO between July 10–August 10, 2018, among 4,038 U.S. adults ages 18+, including 152 people who have or had cancer. An oversample of 849 adults with cancer was added to have a large enough sample size to draw conclusions about the population of people with cancer, bringing the total number of adults with cancer surveyed to 1,001.

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