Navigation Links
Doctors Who 'Self-Refer' to Radiation Clinics Add to Patients' Burden: Study
Date:8/22/2012

TUESDAY, Aug. 21 (HealthDay News) -- The practice of referring a cancer patient to a radiation clinic with links to the referring doctor can be difficult for patients, a new study finds.

The study focused on urologists in Texas. It found that the practice caused some men with prostate cancer to travel more than three times farther to receive the treatment they needed.

The researchers said the findings call into question this practice, known as physician self-referral, and highlight concerns about the increase in urology-owned radiation oncology practices.

"Travel time to cancer care centers is crucial, especially for older men with advanced disease, because external radiation therapy often requires daily treatment for six to eight weeks," Dr. Colleen Lawton, president-elect of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, said in a news release from the organization. "These patients often need to lean on friends and relatives to help them get to and from these multiple appointments."

Lawton, who is also professor and vice-chairman of the department of radiation oncology at the Froedtert and Medical College Clinical Cancer Center in Milwaukee, said that doctors "must be judicious when proposing treatment options to our patients and appreciate the time and travel investment, including significant transportation and fuel costs, they make when choosing radiation therapy."

In the study, researchers led by Dr. Benjamin Smith, of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, looked at 229 urology practices in Texas. They found that 5 percent of the centers provided radiation oncology services (12 centers). The study also showed that 53 percent of the state's population lives within 10 miles of these 12 centers.

However, although these urology-owned practices had multiple clinics, each practice had only one radiation oncology treatment center focused on prostate cancer treatment. As a resul
'/>"/>

Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Many U.S. Doctors Have Symptoms of Burnout: Survey
2. With Very Sick Infants, Doctors and Parents Often Miscommunicate
3. Nurses as effective as doctors in treatment of HIV patients
4. Doctors can now detect hard-to-diagnose prostate cancer
5. Humanities mini-courses for doctors sharpen thinking and creativity
6. Doctors often dont disclose all possible risks to patients before treatment
7. In muscular dystrophy, what matters to patients and doctors can differ
8. Doctors Spar Over Cholesterol Screening in Kids
9. Doctors Tend to Share Patients With Similar Colleagues
10. Doctors and rheumatoid arthritis patients differ on perception of disease activity
11. U.S. Doctors Embracing Electronic Health Records: Survey
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Doctors Who 'Self-Refer' to Radiation Clinics Add to Patients' Burden: Study
(Date:12/25/2014)... When head lice hits a home or school, parents ... rid of it while keeping it from taking over the ... the solution right in their neighborhood: Lice Troopers . ... full spectrum head lice screening and treatment services to families ... Biscayne, Brickell, Coconut Grove, Kendall, Pinecrest and South Miami. , ...
(Date:12/25/2014)... By Dennis Thompson ... -- Very sick children with complex chronic illnesses can receive ... a "medical home," with easy access to a team of ... were less likely to become seriously ill and need either ... received treatment at an enhanced medical home clinic at the ...
(Date:12/25/2014)... Overeating is common during the holidays, but there are strategies ... "Don,t arrive at a party hungry. It may seem ... attending a party, but deprivation leads to hunger, and hunger ... Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y., said in a hospital news ... and even to have a snack before attending a party ...
(Date:12/25/2014)... HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 ... "fountain of youth" drug that can delay the effects of ... study suggests. Seniors received a significant boost to their ... signaling pathway linked to aging and immune function, researchers with ... medication, a version of the drug rapamycin, improved the seniors, ...
(Date:12/25/2014)... December 25, 2014 Thousands of transvaginal ... forward in a number of multidistrict litigations currently underway ... Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to an Order issued ... convene a Joint Status Conference in all of the ... have been directed to submit a proposed agenda to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Coral Gables Florida Gets Ready to Be Lice-Free with Lice Troopers 2Health News:Coordinated Care Through 'Medical Home' Best for Chronically Ill Kids: Study 2Health News:Coordinated Care Through 'Medical Home' Best for Chronically Ill Kids: Study 3Health News:Researchers Take 'First Baby Step' Toward Anti-Aging Drug 2Health News:Researchers Take 'First Baby Step' Toward Anti-Aging Drug 3Health News:Federal Court Overseeing Thousands of Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Set to Convene Joint Status Conference for All Litigations, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports 2Health News:Federal Court Overseeing Thousands of Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Set to Convene Joint Status Conference for All Litigations, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports 3Health News:Federal Court Overseeing Thousands of Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Set to Convene Joint Status Conference for All Litigations, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports 4
... recent Florida State University study, hospitals can combat spiralling ... all hospital operations. ,According to Ken Lubben, ... and Lakewood Ranch Medical Centre, have already made big ... He said that, the hospitals are yet to reap ...
... official of China the tide has ebbed and has declared ... in the province.// ,But as a damper this claim ... senior health official was Luo Huiming, director of the Guangdong ... Institute. ,He said, "The weather has begun to get ...
... the Emirates are concerned with the proposal of the Ministry ... in the country.// ,"A committee has been set ... ministry provides for the private medical sector. This includes the ... staff, and the licensing of the medical or health establishments ...
... with avian influenza infection was Saturday admitted to ... a 30-year-old resident of Jamalpur neighborhood of the ... ,Gujarat's Health Minister Ashok Bhatt, however, denied ... negative results., ,According to Bhatt, the blood ...
... has finally broken a taboo with a study on the ... General Union of Women// supported with funds from the United ... four married women gets beaten -- usually by her husband ... awareness of the problem. ,In Syria violence against ...
... times as much sunlight as those with fair skin to ... study// . ,Researchers at the Australian National University ... summer sunshine to produce enough Vitamin D whereas dark-skinned people ... ,Acceptable levels of sunbathing also depends on geography and the ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Technology Can Help Fight Health Care Costs 2Health News:Technology Can Help Fight Health Care Costs 3
(Date:12/24/2014)... N.J. and FARMINGTON, Conn. ... Technologies, Inc. (NYSE MKT: PTN), a biopharmaceutical company ... of diseases with significant unmet medical need and ... on a private placement of 2,050,000 shares of ... purchase 24,949,325 shares of its common stock.  Funds ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... Dec. 23, 2014 PuraMed BioScience®, Inc., (OTC ... (OTC) medicinal and healthcare products, announced it received the ... a hemp-based, advanced headache relief product, for planned distribution ... Colorado , Washington State ... With the MigraPure H Advanced headache relief gel formulation ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... , Dec. 23, 2014  Advanced Medical ... company engaged primarily in the development of brachytherapy ... applications, today announced that it has filed a ... and Drug Administration ("FDA") for marketing clearance for ... 513(f)(2) of the U.S. Food, Drug and Cosmetic ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Palatin Completes $20 Million Equity and $10 Million Debt Financings 2Palatin Completes $20 Million Equity and $10 Million Debt Financings 3Palatin Completes $20 Million Equity and $10 Million Debt Financings 4PuraMed BioScience Nears Final Stages Needed for Distribution of MigraPure H 2PuraMed BioScience Nears Final Stages Needed for Distribution of MigraPure H 3Advanced Medical Isotope Corporation Files a "de novo" Submission for Y-90 RadioGel(TM) Device 2Advanced Medical Isotope Corporation Files a "de novo" Submission for Y-90 RadioGel(TM) Device 3
... DIEGO, Aug. 24 Pfenex Inc. and Cedarlane today ... agreement. Cedarlane will market and distribute high value reagent ... the United States. Among the products initially distributed will ... Toxin B and cell culture related growth factors including ...
... Aug. 24 Zacks Equity Research initiated research ... CGNH ) with a six-month target price of ... which gives the company an investment rating of ,Outperform, ... room heart attack testing, and its paramagnetic bead supply ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Pfenex Inc. Establishes Reagent Protein Distribution Agreement With Cedarlane Corporation 2Zacks Rates CardioGenics 'Outperform' With Six-Month Target of $1.22 2
Inquire...
... Breeze can dry as many as 6 standard gels ... 10 cm) at a time. , Comes with ... specially designed loading platform, and two Hoefer Gel Frames. ... The Gel Frame is largely responsible for the smooth, ...
... This HydroTech™ gel drying system, 100-120 V, ... and instructions. The Model 583 gel dryer is ... of 35 x 45 cm with variable temperature ... pump is a water-based pump used for pulling ...
... The GelAir™ drying system utilizes a hot air ... are dried on a clear cellophane support for ... provide a smooth, flat assembly surface for the ... drying frames at once. This 115 V, 60 ...
Medicine Products: