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 Mobile Imaging
SEARCH
Current Location:
>
> This Story


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

 

advertisement

 

Rad Oncology Homepage

At ASTRO, Varian introduces smaller footprint proton system, talks ‘flash’ therapy ProBeam 360° cuts irradiation time by 75 percent

13-year-old creates algorithm to target pancreas during MR radiotherapy Bringing AI to a difficult cancer

ASTRO Product Showcase Here are some of the solutions you'll want to check out on the ASTRO exhibit floor

Spotlight on H&H Design-Build: discussing healthcare construction with Frank Heinz ASTRO, construction trends and the value of strong relationships in forging an industry-leading reputation

Radiation oncology stakeholders flock to San Antonio for ASTRO Radiation oncology's biggest event is finally upon us

With Zap-X, the creator of CyberKnife aims to give radiation a better image Insights from Dr. John R. Adler Jr. on the future of radiosurgery

First Hitachi heavy ion beam therapy system up and running Spatially designed, three treatment rooms

Dr. Jessica Donington Thoracic surgeon named 2018 ASTRO honorary member

GE to provide training to at least 140 Kenyan radiographers Partnering with Society of Radiography in Kenya

Enhanced automation provides lifeline to managing data deluge in oncology Harnessing data for more efficient radiation treatment

Is reimbursement part of the issue?

Why are breast cancer survivors foregoing recommended screening?

by Lauren Dubinsky , Senior Reporter
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommends annual mammograms for breast cancer survivors, but the vast majority of them are not complying with those guidelines — even if they are insured.

Those were the findings of a study recently published in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

Story Continues Below Advertisement

Dunlee announces the relaunch of DA135 CT/e, DA165NP and Akron tubes

Dunlee announces the return of the DA135 CT/e, DA165NP, S532B and S532Q(known as the Akron tubes) CT Replacement tubes, making its full portfolio of CT tubes for GE and Siemens CT scanners available once again.Click to learn more



“More research is needed to investigate reasons that some women don’t undergo annual mammography after breast cancer, but I think that a variety of factors may contribute, including busy lives and competing commitments such as caring for children and/or aging parents, employment, etc.; systems issues like barriers to scheduling at a convenient time and distress associated with screening for recurrence,” Dr. Kathryn Ruddy of Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, told HCB News.

Ruddy and her team followed 27,212 patients for about 2.9 years after they underwent breast cancer surgery — with 4,790 patients remaining in the study cohort for at least 65 months. The data came from the OptumLabs Data Warehouse, which contains claims from privately insured patients and Medicare Advantage enrollees in the U.S.

They found that a year after surgery, 13 percent of the survivors did not receive any type of breast imaging. By the five-year mark, 19 percent of them forewent a mammogram in the past year.

Only 50 percent of the patients who were followed for at least five years received at least one mammogram each of those years.

The study also revealed that African-American breast cancer survivors were even less likely to receive mammograms than white Americans. The researchers predict that limited access to genetic testing is contributing to this disparity.

They noted that more research is needed to determine whether variability in reimbursements for imaging exams impacts the use of surveillance testing.

Ruddy encourages clinicians to ensure that their patients are fully aware of the role annual mammograms play in screening for new breast cancers as well as recurrences. She believes that survivorship care plans should be created and implemented with clear follow-up instructions.

“Survivorship care plans are documents given to patients at the completion of their active cancer therapy that explain recommendations for future care including visit schedule and imaging tests,” she said. “These provide an opportunity to emphasize the importance of annual mammography for breast cancer survivors with residual breast tissue.”

There are also mobile applications and web-based programs under development that aim to help patients adhere to post-treatment screening guidelines.

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 ©2001-2018 DOTmed.com, Inc.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED