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BACKGROUND Latinas are the fastest growing racial ethnic group in the United States and have an incidence of breast cancer that is rising three times faster than that of non-Latino white women, yet their mammography use is lower than that of non-Latino women. OBJECTIVES We explored factors that predict satisfaction with health-care relationships and(More)
BACKGROUND Bortezomib with dexamethasone is a standard treatment option for relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma. Carfilzomib with dexamethasone has shown promising activity in patients in this disease setting. The aim of this study was to compare the combination of carfilzomib and dexamethasone with bortezomib and dexamethasone in patients with relapsed(More)
Mammography screening rates among Chinese American women have been reported to be low. This study examines whether and how culture views and language ability influence mammography adherence in this mostly immigrant population. Asymptomatic Chinese American women (n = 466) aged 50 and older, recruited from the Washington, D.C. area, completed a telephone(More)
BACKGROUND African Americans are more likely to be diagnosed with metastatic colorectal cancer than whites and have shorter survival once they are diagnosed. In this analysis, the authors examined racial differences in clinical outcomes among patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) who received bevacizumab. METHODS The study cohort consisted of(More)
BACKGROUND Despite its effectiveness in reducing mortality, colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates are low, especially among low-income and minority groups; however, physician recommendation can increase screening rates. METHODS We performed a multilevel analysis of the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey data linked to Medicare claims and the Area(More)
BACKGROUND Montgomery County established a colorectal cancer education, screening, and treatment program as part of the Maryland state cancer program. The program removed barriers to screening by providing free endoscopy (predominantly colonoscopy) to uninsured county residents. METHODS The education component was available to the general public and(More)
BACKGROUND Starting in 2001, the state of Maryland established a carefully planned and executed multicomponent intervention to reduce mortality and disparities in colorectal cancer. METHODS In the most populous county, uninsured participants received education and a choice of free screening by fecal occult blood testing (FOBT) or colonoscopy or both. (More)
Limited data exist regarding treatment patterns and outcomes in elderly patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer (MBC). registHER is an observational study of patients (N = 1,001) with HER2-positive MBC diagnosed within 6 months of enrollment and followed until death, disenrollment, or June 2009 (median follow-up 27 months). Outcomes were(More)
PURPOSE Shared decision making (SDM) has been recommended as a standard of care, especially when there are treatment alternatives or uncertainty in outcomes. However, we know little about use of SDM in cancer care, and even less is known about SDM in older patients. We describe patient and physician determinants of SDM in older women with breast cancer and(More)
OBJECTIVES This study investigated the hypothesis that adherence to colon cancer screening guidelines among Chinese women was associated with Eastern cultural views and anxiety about developing colon cancer. DESIGN Cross-sectional data from a community-based longitudinal study were used to examine the hypothesis of this study. Measures of(More)