Study Suggests Quality Of Breast Cancer Care Is Lower In US Territories.

Aunt Minnie (3/7) reports that a new study published in Health Affairs found that the quality of breast cancer care among female Medicare beneficiaries in the US territories is lower than for those in the continental US. Researchers from the US National Cancer Institute compared female Medicare beneficiaries who were residents of US territories and had surgical treatment for breast cancer between 2008 and 2014 with those in the continental US, and “evaluated their receipt of care such as diagnostic needle biopsy and adjuvant radiation therapy following breast-conserving surgery.” The study found that “residents of the territories were less likely to receive recommended care, with 24% lower odds of receiving diagnostic needle biopsy and 34% lower odds of receiving adjuvant radiation therapy.”

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