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Thomas A. Buchholz, M.D., F.A.C.R. Professor of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology. Medical Director of Radiation Oncology, Ambulatory Clinic Building. Program Director and Section Chief, Breast Radiation Oncology
|M. D. Anderson study finds racial disparities in radiation therapy rates for breast cancer.|
Largest study of its kind reveals blacks less likely than whites to receive standard of care
WASHINGTON, DC - Black women are less likely than white women to receive radiation therapy after a lumpectomy, the standard of care for early stage breast cancer, according to a new study by researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.
The study, the largest of its kind, was presented today in advance of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Breast Cancer Symposium, and is the first national study to examine such racial disparities in radiation therapy. Led by Grace Li Smith, M.D., Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in M. D. Anderson's Department of Radiation Oncology, the researchers reviewed the Medicare records of more than 37,000 patients diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in 2003.
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