Doctor suggested treatments for cancer symptoms among U.S. cancer patients 2018-2019

This statistic shows the percentage of U.S. adults with cancer that had discussed select treatment options with their doctor for the management of their cancer symptoms in 2018 and 2019. According to the survey, in 2019, around 29 percent of respondents had discussed prescription opioid use with their doctor.

Percentage of U.S. adults with cancer that had ever discussed select treatments for symptom management with their doctor in 2018 and 2019

Over the counter pain relievers30%30%
Prescription opioids27%29%
Physical therapy or massage11%13%
Medical marijuana7%13%
None of these45%42%
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Release date

October 2019


United States

Survey time period

2018 and 2019

Number of respondents

around 1,000

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

respondents that have had cancer

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Original question: "Which of the following methods, if any, has the doctor who is/was managing your cancer care ever talked with you about using to alleviate cancer-related pain, nausea, or other symptoms? Please select all that apply."

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