Navigation Links
After Lumpectomy, Radiation Rates Lower for Black Women
Date:12/14/2009

Racial disparities seen for 'standard-of-care' breast cancer treatment, study finds

MONDAY, Dec. 14 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds a significant racial disparity in breast cancer treatment: Black women are less likely than their white counterparts to receive radiation therapy after a lumpectomy.

The therapy is considered the standard of care for the treatment of breast cancer that is caught in the early stages.

The study, published in the Dec. 14 issue of the journal Cancer, is based on a review of medical records of more than 37,000 women who were treated through Medicare. They were diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in 2003.

"Although there have been smaller studies of racial disparities in breast cancer care, no prior research has examined the differences across the nation in the rates of radiation therapy after lumpectomy between whites and blacks," study first author Dr. Grace Li Smith, a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center's department of radiation, said in a university news release. "The national Medicare database, because it's so comprehensive, allowed us to determine the extent to which racial disparities in radiation therapy affected patients across the country."

The researchers looked at women aged 66 and older and found that 74 percent of the white women received radiation therapy after undergoing lumpectomy, while the percentage was 65 percent in black women.

"Until further research is conducted, we may only speculate about the underlying reasons why black and white women are not receiving radiation at the same rate," Smith said. "We don't know if fewer black women are receiving radiation simply because it is not offered to them, because they decline the treatment, or perhaps because they are unable to complete a whole course of treatment due to other health problems."

More information

Learn more about breast cancer from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.



-- Randy Dotinga



SOURCE: University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, news release, Dec. 14, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. With Amino Acid Diet, Mice Improve After Brain Injury
2. West Nile virus infection may persist in kidneys years after initial infection
3. Playing favorites: Parents still involved after children are grown
4. Sex Talk Taking Place After the Fact
5. Blood Clot Threat After Surgery Worse Than Thought
6. Cooling may benefit children after cardiac arrest
7. Criteria based on CT imaging after chemotherapy may help predict survival
8. Coverage of inexpensive drugs may increase length and quality of life after heart attack
9. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Offers Newborn and Parenting Resources to Ease New Mothers Transition Back to Work After Maternity Leave
10. Valencia, California, Plastic Surgeon Weighs in on Silicone Breast Implants – 3 Years After FDA Approval
11. Surgeon gluing the breastbone together after open-heart surgery
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/11/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 11, 2016 , ... Florida Hospital ... Lightning take on the St. Louis Blues at the Amalie Arena. The puck drops ... inflatable, walk-through heart exhibit, the MEGA Heart, prior to the game. The MEGA Heart ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... , ... The president released a FY 2017 budget request on Tuesday that ... the cost burden to military beneficiaries. , MOAA’s president, retired Air Force Lt. ... including limited quantifiable benefit fixes mixed with numerous beneficiary fee hikes. , “We were ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... Petersburg, FL (PRWEB) , ... February 11, 2016 ... ... providers and advocates will discuss how to improve care by making data on ... pediatric heart disease. The Summit on Transparency and Public Reporting of Pediatric and ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... Atlantic Information Services, ... Benefit Model: A Case Study for Plans and Purchasers.” Executives from Intel Corp. ... with Intel on value-based health benefits program Connected Care, will discuss the challenges ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... 11, 2016 , ... "What holds you back from ... a question as a challenge for his readers to examine the full scale ... (published by Partridge Singapore), Clarke explores the subject with more depth, revealing time-honored ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/11/2016)... de fevereiro de 2016  A Proliant Biologicals ... de soroalbumina bovina (BSA -- Bovine Serum ... na Ilha Norte da Nova Zelândia, em Feilding. ... na fábrica da Proliant nos EUA, localizada em ... e instalação dos equipamentos foram feitos de forma ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... Transformational M&A achieved through NPS and Dyax acquisitions and the ... achieved through NPS and Dyax acquisitions and the announced combination ... through NPS and Dyax acquisitions and the announced combination with ... robust pipeline in Shire , s history   ... pipeline in Shire , s history   ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... , February 11, 2016 Breast Cancer ... the Asia-Pacific (APAC) breast cancer market ... $3.4 billion by 2021, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate ... Asia-Pacific Markets to 2021 - states that the ... considerable expansion from $1.9 billion in 2014 to $3.4 billion ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: