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Variation in the types of providers participating in breast cancer follow-up care

Variation in the types of providers participating in breast cancer follow-up care

Dr. Heather Neuman et al. aimed to describe the types of providers participating in early follow-up care of older breast cancer survivors. Using the SEER-Medicare database, investigators found 80% of follow-up care was with a medical oncologist, 46% with a surgeon, and 39% with a radiation oncologist after radiation treatment. Patients with larger tumor size, positive axillary nodes, estrogen receptor-positive status, and chemotherapy treatment were more llikely to have medical oncology follow-up.

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