Adoption of intensity-modulated radiation therapy for breast cancer in the United States.

@article{Smith2011AdoptionOI,
  title={Adoption of intensity-modulated radiation therapy for breast cancer in the United States.},
  author={Benjamin D. Smith and I Wen Pan and Ya-chen Tina Shih and Grace Li Smith and J. Rodger Harris and Rinaa S Punglia and Lori J. Pierce and Reshma Jagsi and James Alan Hayman and Sharon Hermes Giordano and Thomas A. Buchholz},
  journal={Journal of the National Cancer Institute},
  year={2011},
  volume={103 10},
  pages={798-809}
}
BACKGROUND Although intensity modulation of the radiation beam has been shown to lower toxic effects for patients receiving whole-breast irradiation, relatively simple techniques may suffice. It is thus controversial whether such treatment justifies billing for intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). METHODS We used the claims data to determine billing for IMRT from Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results-Medicare records from 2001 to 2005 for 26,163 women aged 66 years or older… CONTINUE READING

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