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InHealth awards grant to research team at Hartford Hospital
Date:11/11/2010

WASHINGTON, DCThe Institute for Health Technology Studies (InHealth) has awarded a grant totaling more than $238,000 to a research team at the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut to study how various prostate cancer treatments affect a patient's "social capital"the ability to continue working productively in a paying job.

Prostate cancer survivorship is growing. The disease is the second most common cancer diagnosed in men, with one of the best survivorship rates: according to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate is nearly 100%. The Hartford Hospital study will examine how treating the disease with aggressive therapy affects quality of life and the career trajectories of men between the ages of 45 and 65.

The study will include men treated for prostate cancer between 2001 and 2010, a period in which the technology used to treat the disease underwent significant change: robotic-aided laparoscopy replaced classical open surgery; and standard radiation therapy moved from three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT) to intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) with daily imaging.

"Published scientific research, some sponsored by InHealth, shows that less medical technology means more hospital stays and intensive care, more recovery time and lost efficiency for business, and more productivity lost to disabilities," says Martyn Howgill, InHealth's executive director. "While information about the costs of these technologies is readily available, there is less information about their overall economic effects at either the patient or societal level, as the recent discussion of healthcare reform has exposed."

The Hartford team will survey three groups of early-stage prostate cancer patients: those treated with brachytherapy using radioactive seeds, those treated with robot-assisted and open surgical techniques, and those treated with varying forms of external beam radiati
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InHealth: The Institute for Health Technology Studies
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