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Breast cancer patients regularly choose costlier, more aggressive treatment
Modern Healthcare

Breast cancer patients routinely opt for longer and more costly treatments even when they are eligible for less aggressive options, according to a new study. The report, published by consulting firm Oliver Wyman Health, found that 75% of radiation oncologists administered conventional treatment courses that last more than five weeks to breast cancer patients even though they were eligible for treatments that last between three to four weeks. Additionally, the shorter treatment option — called accelerated radiation — is just as effective as conventional therapy and costs 25% less, the report said.