Patient Demographics Impact Quality of Breast Cancer Treatment

Patient Demographics Impact Quality of Breast Cancer Treatment
Patient Demographics for breast cancerIn terms of early-stage breast cancer treatment, disparities in outcome based on treatment procedure can derive from socio-economic factors rather than medical reasons, according to a study from the laboratory of Isabelle Bedrosian, MD, at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Women who opted for breast conserving therapy (BCT) rather than mastectomy, largely due to access of care, have a slightly better five-year survival rate than those who choose mastectomy, according to another study from Dr. Bedrosian's laboratory. The disparity in treatment poses a hazard for women who receive the inferior treatment. Dr. Bedrosian's laboratory previously identified BCT as offering a greater survival advantage over mastectomy for women with early stage, hormone-receptor positive disease. Yet despite this evidence, a large number of women continue to be treated via mastectomy. The research team at MD Anderson investigated why, and Meeghan Lautner, MD, a former fellow at MD, will present the findings at the 2014 Breast Cancer Symposium. "What's particularly novel and most meaningful about our study is that we looked at how the landscape has changed over time," said Dr. Bedrosian in a news release from MD Anderson. The team analyzed data from the National Cancer
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