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Date:12/6/2007

or their vaccine stocks up front, they have to store them and make sure they dont expire. That is a financial burden some physicians dont want to have until use of the vaccine becomes more commonplace, she said.

Another is that physicians may not have had a chance yet to discuss the vaccine with their young patients. But the most likely scenario, based on other studies, is that physicians presume patients will not be accepting of an HPV vaccine, Sheinfeld Gorin says. So they dont talk about it yet, and expect that social acceptance will improve in the future, she said. But, in fact, research has shown that patients are quite responsive to the vaccine. Thats why we need a strategy now to help physicians discuss HPV vaccines with their patients.


Time interval from diagnosis to treatment of breast cancer at an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center: Survival and associated demographic factors. Abstract no. A9

Race and age appear to play a role in how quickly a woman newly diagnosed with breast cancer is surgically treated, with a lengthy delay potentially impacting overall survival, report researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Factors such as socioeconomic status and the cumulative effects of a patient's other illnesses likely contribute to these delays, they say.

Preliminary results of their study of 1,477 patients show that the average interval from breast cancer diagnosis to surgery was six days longer for African-American women than for Caucasian women. Women who were older than age 70 had an average interval of 12 more days than women younger than 40.

The researchers also observed that the women who experienced an interval of more than 60 days between diagnosis and treatment were 1.8 times more likely to have died from any cause when compared to women who had their surgery within 60 days of diagnosis. In this study, the average interval from diagnosis to surgery for all patients was 29 days.


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