Breast Carcinoma Treatment For Women w/Disabilities

ABSTRACT: Breast carcinoma treatment received by women with disabilities compared with women without disabilities

BACKGROUND: Disability may make it difficult to lie flat or abduct the arm to deliver radiation therapy, imposing a high risk for radiation-induced side effects or difficulty in positioning patients for mammography. The goal of the current study was to determine the differences in treatment options experienced by women with physical disabilities compared with those without disabilities.

CONCLUSIONS: These findings are clinically significant in that they indicate that women with disabilities are less likely to undergo BCS and are less likely to receive neoadjuvant chemotherapy compared with women without disabilities, but the difference did not reach statistical significance.

To the authors' knowledge, there are no data to support the hypothesis that disabled women are diagnosed at a more advanced stage of disease compared with women without disabilities.

[03/12/2002; Cancer Online (Free Registration Required)]

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