Racial disparities in the use of radiotherapy after breast-conserving surgery: a national Medicare study.

@article{Smith2010RacialDI,
  title={Racial disparities in the use of radiotherapy after breast-conserving surgery: a national Medicare study.},
  author={Grace Li Smith and Ya-chen Tina Shih and Ying Xu and Sharon Hermes Giordano and Benjamin D. Smith and George H. Perkins and Welela Tereffe and Wendy A Woodward and Thomas A. Buchholz},
  journal={Cancer},
  year={2010},
  volume={116 3},
  pages={
          734-41
        }
}
BACKGROUND In prior studies, the use of standard breast cancer treatments has varied by race, but previous analyses were not nationally representative. Therefore, in a comprehensive, national cohort of Medicare patients, racial disparities in the use of radiotherapy (RT) after breast-conserving surgery (BCS) for invasive breast cancer were quantified. METHODS A national Medicare database was used to identify all beneficiaries (age >65 years) treated with BCS for incident invasive breast… CONTINUE READING

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