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  Biomarker May Forecast Probability of Recurrence in Breast Cancer
Researchers Find Two Biomarkers with Potential to Predict Breast Cancer Spread
Researchers Urge Monitoring of Bone Health During Chemotherapy
Role of Folate Unclear in Breast Cancer Risk
Herceptin Plus Chemotherapy Significantly Increases Disease-free Survival for Breast Cancer
Study Finds Lapatinib Shows Promise as Therapy for Inflammatory Breast Cancer
Study Examines Drug Delivery With Liposomes
Access to Prior Mammograms Helps Radiologists Detect Breast Cancer
Selective Marker Found to Indicate Aggressive Form of Breast Cancer
Tumor Free Breast Tissue Can Have Precancerous Changes
Study Explains How NSAIDs Halt Cancer Growth
Newly-Discovered Peptide May Dramatically Increase the Effectiveness of Certain Breast Cancer Drugs
Tumor Free Breast Tissue Can Have Precancerous Changes
Breast Cancer Stem Cells May Resist Radiation Treatment
Soy Found to Provide Protection Against Development of Breast Cancer
Tamoxifen Discontinuation Rates Surprisingly High in Clinical Practice
Extending Tamoxifenís Effectiveness in Resistant Breast Cancer Cells
Potential New Target for Stopping Tumor Proliferation

Are Women Seeing the Most Experienced Breast Cancer Surgeons?

Women who took more control over choosing their breast cancer surgeon were more likely to be treated by more experienced breast surgeons and at a hospital affiliated with an accredited cancer program, compared to women who were referred by another doctor or their health plan, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The study looked at 1,844 women recently diagnosed with breast cancer in the Detroit and Los Angeles metropolitan areas. Information was collected from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Registry, a database maintained by the National Cancer Institute that collects information about cancer incidence, treatment and mortality. Results of the study appear in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

The women were surveyed about how the breast surgeon was selected, with choices such as "I was referred by another doctor," "I chose this surgeon because of his or her reputation" or "I wanted a surgeon who practiced near my home." Based on the answers, patients were categorized as being referred to their surgeon or selecting their surgeon based on reputation or proximity.

Nearly two-thirds of the patients said they were referred to their surgeon by another doctor, with another 15 percent referred by their health plan. About a quarter chose their surgeon based on reputation. Women with more education and higher incomes were more likely to report selecting their surgeon based on reputation.

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