Breast cancer patients are not getting the necessary radiation
Jun 28, 2011
A new study published in Cancer Journal shows that older patients are not receiving the radiation treatments they need to fight off their breast cancer.
Only 55 percent of older breast cancer patients, classified as "high-risk", are receiving the necessary radiation. The study was conducted between 1999 and 2005 with 38,322 women.
"When physicians are not guided by published evidence, there is the chance that patient outcomes will suffer or that patients will undergo unnecessary treatments and tests," said the study's co-leader Dr. Shervin Shirvani, who works at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Much of the problem may rest with the lack of implementation in patient care, according to the report from U.S. News. Providers are not following guidelines for breast cancer radiation.
More than 200,000 women are newly diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. each year. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer for American women, after skin cancer.
Mammograms are recommended for all women over the age of 40, according to the American Cancer Society.