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Study Explores Utilization Trends for Prostate Cancer Treatments
Date:8/31/2011

hysician in their normal doctor's office. Some claim the IOASE causes utilization to be higher in physician offices than in hospitals.

But the study shows that the IMRT utilization patterns for Medicare beneficiaries were similar across physicians' offices and hospital outpatient facilities, increasing from 7.3 to 11.1 percent and 8.3 to 11.3 percent, respectively, from 2006-08 -- the most current data available at the time of the study.

Radiation and surgery treatments experienced 11.5 and 13 percent increases, respectively, from 2006-08. These trends show that patients are choosing safer, less invasive treatment options, such as IMRT and laparoscopic radical prostatectomy.  

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among U.S. men and the second leading cause of cancer death.

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