dismiss

Clean Sweep Live Auction on Wed. May 1st. Click to view the full inventory

DOTmed Home MRI Oncology Ultrasound Molecular Imaging X-Ray Cardiology Health IT Business Affairs
News Home Parts & Service Operating Room CT Women's Health Proton Therapy Endoscopy HTMs Pediatrics
SEARCH
Current Location:
>
> This Story


Log in or Register to rate this News Story
Forward Printable StoryPrint Comment
advertisement

 

advertisement

 

Rad Oncology Homepage

Fivefold difference found in Medicaid reimbursements for radiotherapy May limit access to healthcare, especially in rural areas

Trends in radiation oncology workforce potentially threaten rural patients, says study More radiation oncologists leaving, fewer coming in to rural areas

Varian showcases first preclinical findings of Flash therapy trial Reductions in radiation lung fibrosis and dermatitis

Female oncologists submit fewer charges, paid less than male Study bases findings on Medicare records

Four considerations before embarking on a carbon therapy center The next frontier in improving cancer care

New approach identifies lung cancer patients most likely to respond to chemotherapy Combines radiomics and CT image assessment

Q&A with Scott Warwick, executive director of the National Association for Proton Therapy Find out what to expect at the year's biggest proton therapy industry event

Aussies and Americans develop 3D models for assessing impacts of radiotherapy Test different levels and types of radiation

Law in Ontario prevents cremation of brachytherapy patients Experts call for eliminating the law, as it deters patients from lifesaving treatment

IBA tech plays first-time role in flash therapy demonstration Supports eventual integration of flash as clinical treatment

Precision medicine is having a big impact on breast cancer chemo decisions: study

by Lauren Dubinsky , Senior Reporter
While the concept of precision medicine still has a futuristic ring to it, researchers at the University of Michigan are showing how physicians in everyday practice can use biomarker tests to make significantly more personalized decisions regarding which breast cancer patients may require chemotherapy to ensure recurrence doesn't happen, and which patients are probably better off without.

"The idea of precision medicine is to give patients the treatments that are the most likely to help and avoid needless side effects," Christopher Friese, study author and professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, said in a statement.

Story Continues Below Advertisement

Free Marketplace where Lenders Compete Get Pre-Approved for up to $500,000

Get financing today. We say YES more! Easy, Fast, Application. Pick the payment that best works for you. Tax Benefits + Leasing = Huge Savings! NEVER BE OBSOLETE. NO DOWN PAYMENT. FIXED MONTHLY PAYMENT. MRI, CT, Ultrasound, Digital X-ray, Dental Equipment



The test is called the 21-gene recurrence score assay (RS) and it looks at 21 genes that are known to increase the risk of cancer recurrence. The goal is to avoid chemotherapy in patients who are at low risk because they most likely won’t benefit from it and to make sure that chemotherapy is recommended for women at high risk.

The researchers surveyed 3,880 women who were treated for breast cancer in 2013 and 2014 in California and Georgia. A total of 1,527 patients with early-stage breast cancer responded to the survey and 778 received the test.

They found that 47.2 percent of the patients with RS scores received a recommendation against chemotherapy and 40.6 percent received a recommendation for it. Those results correlated with the professional guideline recommendations.

However, they did find that about 13 percent of the patients whose lymph nodes were positive for breast cancer were given the test — even though there’s no evidence they would have benefitted from the test or the outcome.

The researchers evaluated registry and laboratory data and found that 60 percent of the patients accurately recalled receiving the test.

"This suggests that while precision medicine for breast cancer has left the station, we have left a few women behind," said Friese. "There's opportunity in the oncology community to improve how we explain to women the purpose of these tests, how to interpret the results, and what the results mean for their breast cancer treatment."

In addition, almost two-thirds thought the test was helpful in shifting their opinion for or against chemotherapy.

Rad Oncology Homepage


You Must Be Logged In To Post A Comment

Advertise
Increase Your
Brand Awareness
Auctions + Private Sales
Get The
Best Price
Buy Equipment/Parts
Find The
Lowest Price
Daily News
Read The
Latest News
Directory
Browse All
DOTmed Users
Ethics on DOTmed
View Our
Ethics Program
Gold Parts Vendor Program
Receive PH
Requests
Gold Service Dealer Program
Receive RFP/PS
Requests
Healthcare Providers
See all
HCP Tools
Jobs/Training
Find/Fill
A Job
Parts Hunter +EasyPay
Get Parts
Quotes
Recently Certified
View Recently
Certified Users
Recently Rated
View Recently
Certified Users
Rental Central
Rent Equipment
For Less
Sell Equipment/Parts
Get The
Most Money
Service Technicians Forum
Find Help
And Advice
Simple RFP
Get Equipment
Quotes
Virtual Trade Show
Find Service
For Equipment
Access and use of this site is subject to the terms and conditions of our LEGAL NOTICE & PRIVACY NOTICE
Property of and Proprietary to DOTmed.com, Inc. Copyright ©2001-2019 DOTmed.com, Inc.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED