Men with newly-diagnosed cancer tend to rely on their partners to get healthcare information, according to UK nurse researchers.
They interviewed 13 men with cancer on their information seeking behaviour, five healthcare professionals and four lay persons.
The authors said men appeared to have different ways of coping with disease than woman. They said: 'It became apparent that a significant majority of the information that men received about their cancer and its treatments had been found out and provided by female relatives.
'Men who lived alone did not have access to this information source and had to rely on what the doctor or nurse at the hospital told them,' they added.
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