Navigation Links
Radiotherapy is less often used by breast cancer patients with young children
Date:12/24/2013

Radiotherapy (RT) after breast conserving surgery (BCS) has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer (BC) recurrence. However, although younger women tend to have more aggressive tumors and have higher risks of recurrence than older BC patients, they are less likely to receive RT after BCS, according to a study published December 24 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Although treatment patterns among older BC patients have been well-studied, factors affecting non-compliance among younger women are not well-known.

To compare RT utilization by women over different ages, family structures, and regions of residence, I-Wen Pan, Ph.D., formerly Research Scientist at the research group led by Dr. Ya-Chen Tina Shih at The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, and currently at the Health Economics and Outcome Research Department of McKesson Specialty Health, The Woodlands, TX, and colleagues used a nationwide database to review medical and prescription records of 21,008 patients with insurance coverage who were diagnosed with invasive BC and who received BCS between January 2004 and December 2009.

The researchers excluded patients with a prior history of breast cancer, RT before BCS, , mastectomy within 12 months of BCS, and distant metastasis. They found that patients 50 years or younger were less likely to receive RT than those in older age brackets. They also found that a woman was less likely to receive RT if she had at least one child less than 7 years old, compared with women who had no or older children. Although other factors such as insurance type, receiving BCS further from home or in an outpatient setting, and living in a region with lower education level could be potential barriers to receiving RT at any age, the association between young children and lower utilization of RT was statistically significant only for women aged 20-50 years.

Pan et al. point out that "The receipt of RT after BCS represents one aspect of quality cancer care." They conclude that improving overall quality of BC care could improve RT compliance, but that "additional work is needed to develop robust interventions tailored to the unique needs of younger cancer patients."


'/>"/>

Contact: Zachary Rathner
Zachary.Rathner@oup.com
919-677-2697
Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Computer-controlled table could direct radiotherapy to tumours while sparing vital organs
2. Italian study examines clinical predictors of acute urinary symptoms after radiotherapy for prostate
3. Avoiding specific region of brain during whole-brain radiotherapy prevents memory loss
4. Breast conserving treatment with radiotherapy reduces risk of local recurrence
5. Accelerated radiotherapy more efficient than current practice
6. Carbon ion radiotherapy safe and effective for treating inoperable spinal tumors
7. Moderate dose radiotherapy effective in EORTC trial for patients with desmoid-type fibromatosis
8. PET medical image analysis improved in order to optimize radiotherapy treatments
9. EORTC study shows radiotherapy and surgery provide regional control for breast cancer patients
10. Radiotherapy remains the treatment of first choice for high-risk low-grade glioma
11. Radiotherapy Market is Expected to Grow at a Faster Rate with a CAGR of 5.3% & to Reach $5.8 Billion by 2016 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... David J. Dykeman , Ginger ... Traurig, LLP, will speak at DeviceTalks West, Dec. 12, 2016, at the Fairmont Newport ... attorneys from the firm’s global Life Sciences & Medical Technology Group have been featured ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... 2016 , ... STATEN ISLAND, N.Y., Nov. 24, 2016 — ... highest standards of trauma, maternity, cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) services ... Daniel Messina. , Among the recognitions, the American College of Surgeons' (ACS) named ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... ... Vida Health, the digital health platform that pairs individuals with ... . Other investors include Nokia Growth Partners (NGP) and returning investor Aspect Ventures. Vida ... are managing chronic conditions or simply want to improve their health. Canvas ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... , ... Coppin Insurance Agency, an insurance and financial planning firm based in ... area, is embarking on a charity drive with the goal of providing support and ... Food Bank of Southwest Florida works to provide fresh and nutritious food free of ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... Washington,DC (PRWEB) , ... December 07, 2016 , ... ... Forum (NYLF): Medicine will have the unique opportunity to get hands-on experience ... gives high school students an immersive experience to gain invaluable, real-life medical skills ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2016)...  Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: ... positive results from a Phase 3, multicenter double-blind, ... and efficacy of IDP-118 (halobetasol propionate and tazarotene) ... Within the Phase 3 study of ... IDP-118 showed statistical significance to vehicle with a ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... , Dec. 8, 2016 True ... that brings leading-edge laboratory services and management expertise ... States , allowing more doctors and patients ... care management solutions. Logo - ... Hospital systems, under pressure to contain costs, ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... -- Information products and services provider Elsevier ... , the world,s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, ... from over 5,000 publishers. The new set of metrics will improve ... when to adjust a journal,s editorial strategy. ... , , CiteScore ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: