Studying radiation therapy using SEER-Medicare-linked data.

  title={Studying radiation therapy using SEER-Medicare-linked data.},
  author={Beth A. Virnig and Joan L. Warren and Gregory S. Cooper and Carrie N. Klabunde and Nicola Schussler and Jean L. Freeman},
  journal={Medical care},
  volume={40 8 Suppl},
BACKGROUND Numerous studies have used the SEER or Medicare data to assess the use of radiation therapy. However, the completeness of these data has not been evaluated. METHODS Using linked SEER-Medicare data, a cohort was created that included incident cases of breast, endometrial, lung, prostate, or rectal cancer from 1991 to 1996 in persons 65 years and older. For each of these cases, use of radiation therapy as an initial course of treatment reported from the SEER data was compared with… CONTINUE READING


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