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Patient demographic and tumor characteristics influencing oncologist follow-up frequency in older breast cancer survivors

Patient demographic and tumor characteristics influencing oncologist follow-up frequency in older breast cancer survivors

Dr. Heather Neuman et al. studied current patterns of oncologist breast cancer follow-up to determine the association between patient and tumor characteristics and follow-up frequency. Using SEER-Medicare data, the authors found young age, positive nodes, estrogen/progesterone receptor positivity, and increasing treatment intensity were most strongly associated with more frequent follow-up. Number and types of oncologists also were associated with different follow-up frequencies. 

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