Breast Cancer Symposium

An Underappreciated Cause of Cancer Death: Disparities in Treatment

Caroline Helwick

October 2012, Vol 3, No 7 - Breast Cancer Symposium

San Francisco, CA—When cancer treatment is equal among patients, the outcomes are equal as well, “but there is not equal treatment” within the US population with cancer, according to Otis W. Brawley, MD, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer of the American Cancer Society, and Professor of Hematology, Medical Oncology, Med­icine, and Epidemiology at Emory University, Atlanta.

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Indirect Costs of Metastatic Breast Cancer Are Substantial

Caroline Helwick

October 2012, Vol 3, No 7 - Breast Cancer Symposium

San Francisco, CA—The indirect costs of metastatic breast cancer are substantial and are much higher than the costs of early breast cancer, according to what may be the first study to compare costs related to lost productivity in the population with breast cancer.

The study was reported at the 2012 Breast Cancer Symposium by Yin Wan, MS, of Pharmerit International, Bethesda, MD. The senior research-
er was Lee Schwartzberg, MD, Medi­­cal Director of the West Clinic in Memphis, TN.

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Targeted Radiation Therapy Gaining Momentum

Caroline Helwick

October 2011, Vol 2, No 6 - Breast Cancer Symposium

San Francisco, CA—Accelerated partial breast irradiation using brachytherapy (APBIb) for breast cancer has been rapidly adopted in the United States, although its use varies by region, race, and ethnicity. Jona A. Hattangadi, MD, Harvard Radiation Oncology Program, Boston, reported the findings at the 2011 ASCO Breast Cancer Symposium, which was sponsored by 6 breast, oncology, and surgical societies.

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Breast Cancer Treatment Still Under Par for Patients Covered by Medicaid

Audrey Andrews

October 2011, Vol 2, No 6 - Breast Cancer Symposium

San Francisco, CA—Several studies presented at the 2011 Breast Cancer Symposium shed light on the quality of breast cancer care received by women who are uninsured or receiving Medicaid.

In a study conducted at Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, Atlanta, researchers investigated the quality of breast cancer treatment in patients enrolled under Medicaid and the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act (BCCPTA) of 2000 in Georgia.

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