Navigation Links
Prostate Cancer Care Varies By Hospital Type

Private facilities less likely to opt for surgery than county hospitals, research shows

MONDAY, Jan. 25 (HealthDay News) -- The type of treatment received by prostate cancer patients is influenced by the kind of health care facility where they receive care, a new U.S. study has found.

Surgery was more common among patients treated in county hospitals, while patients in private facilities were more likely to undergo radiation or hormone therapy, according to the report published online Jan. 25 in the journal Cancer.

In the study, Dr. J. Kellogg Parsons, of the Moores Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego and the VA Medical Center San Diego, along with colleagues at the University of California, Los Angeles, analyzed the care given to 559 prostate cancer patients enrolled in a state-funded program for low-income patients. Between 2001 and 2006, 315 of the patients were treated at county hospitals and 244 were treated at private facilities.

Tumor characteristics were similar in both groups, but those treated in private facilities were more likely than those treated in county hospitals to be white (35 percent versus 10 percent) and less likely to undergo surgery (29 percent versus 54 percent).

Patients treated in private facilities were nearly 2.5 times more likely than those in county hospitals to receive radiation and more than 4.5 times more likely to initially receive hormone therapy instead of surgery, the researchers found.

The type of doctor handling a patient's case may be one reason for the different treatment decisions, the study authors noted. At county hospitals, patients were initially under the care of urologists, while initial care for patients at private facilities was directed by a mix of urologists, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists.

"The fact that prostate cancer patients are treated differently based on the type of hospital has implications for health policy, quality of care, and equality of care -- particularly because public hospitals are funded by city and state governments to provide health care for underserved, poor populations," Parsons said in a news release.

More information

The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about prostate cancer treatment.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Cancer, news release, Jan. 25, 2010

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Study confirms prostate cancer is treated differently at county vs. private hospitals
2. Race, Weight May Influence Success of Prostate Surgery
3. Genetic Marker for Aggressive Prostate Cancer Found
4. Genetic variant associated with aggressive form of prostate cancer
5. Race, obesity affect outcomes among diabetics following prostatectomy
6. Sexual function does not continuously decline after radiation therapy treatments for prostate cancer
7. Report suggests similar effectiveness among options for managing low-risk prostate cancer
8. Stress From Prostate Cancer Diagnosis May Be Fatal
9. More blood vessels in hormone-resistant prostate tumors
10. Beer Ingredient Eyed in Prostate Cancer Prevention
11. Coffee, Exercise Fight Prostate Cancer
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... A team of Swiss doctors has released ... Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted the findings on the website. Click here to ... cases of 136 mesothelioma patients who were treated with chemotherapy followed by EPP surgery. ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... 27, 2015 , ... The print component of “Supporting Our ... Dallas, New York, Minneapolis, South Florida, with a circulation of approximately 250,000 copies ... a vast social media strategy and across a network of top news sites ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... DE (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... member of the well-respected Microsoft Dynamics SL User Group (MSDSLUG). Recognized as Microsoft’s ... an independent group of Microsoft Dynamics SL software users, partners, industry experts and ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... , ... November 27, 2015 , ... CBD College ... of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) awarded accreditation to its Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. ... accredited colleges, as only one of twelve colleges and universities in the state of ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... Indosoft Inc., developer and distributor ... Asterisk 11 LTS (Long Term Support) into its Q-Suite 5.10 product line. , ... up-to-date with a version of Asterisk that will receive not only security fixes, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... -- Research and Markets ( ) has ... Horizons and Growth Strategies in the Japanese Therapeutic ... Forecasts, Competitive Intelligence, Emerging Opportunities" report to ... --> This new 247-page report provides ... monitoring market, including emerging tests, technologies, instrumentation, sales ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... November 26, 2015 ... addition of the  "2016 Future Horizons ... Cell Surface Testing Market: Supplier Shares, ... their offering.  --> ... the  "2016 Future Horizons and Growth ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , November 26, 2015 ... Juntendo universitetssjukhus ser potential att använda ... magnetresonansbilder (MR-bilder) för patienter med multipel ... ett forskningsavtal med SyntheticMR AB för att ... forskningsprojekt på sjukhuset. Med SyMRI kan man ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: