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
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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