Fighting Physician Bias Against Unmarried Patients With Cancer
DelFattore may not have a spouse or children, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have the fighting spirit of a pack of wolves. Over a long career in academia, she’s built deep, meaningful connections with extended family members, friends and colleagues. They were the ones she tapped to support her following the cancer surgery that saved her life.
Was this implicit bias or was it best practice on the physician’s part? Was this happening to other patients or was this an anomaly? DelFattore pored through scientific studies to find out and she answers those questions in her new essay Death By Stereotype? Cancer Treatment in Unmarried Patients.