Defaulting oncology patient in a multispecialty state-run hospital in India.


A 14-year-old boy diagnosed with primitive neuroectodermal tumor of the L5 vertebra defaulted from his treatment, which significantly contributed to the progression of his disease. The possible causes of defaulting were (1) poor doctor/patient rapport, (2) inadequate communication between doctor and patient about the disease and its treatment, (3… (More)


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