Patterns of Care Related to Age of Breast Cancer Patients
Blanco, Dolores M.
Elashoff, Robert M.
Ganz, Patricia A.
JAMA. 1987 May 22/29; 257(20): 2766-2770.
The authors conducted a retrospective chart review to investigate whether breast cancer patients' physiological or chronological age determined the vigor with which they were treated. When co-morbid conditions, functional status, tumor stage, and the type and size of treating hospital were controlled, age itself was statistically significant in determining treatment. More older patients (70 years and older) received less than optimal treatment than did younger ones (50 to 69 years). The authors conclude that age bias may contribute to a less favorable prognosis than can be achieved using currently recommended therapy. (KIE abstract)
Age Factors; Aged; Breast Cancer; Cancer; Decision Making; Diagnosis; Drugs; Discrimination; Females; Hospitals; Institutional Policies; Morbidity; Patient Care; Patients; Physicians; Prognosis; Review; Selection for Treatment; Social Discrimination; Statistics; Surgery; Survey; Withholding Treatment;
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