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Needle Biopsies May Be Underused for Breast Cancer Patients | Breast Cancer Arabia
  • Needle Biopsies May Be Underused for Breast Cancer Patients

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – While most women should undergo a needle biopsy for breast cancer diagnosis, some surgeons opt for open biopsies instead, a new study found.
     

    The difference may be a matter of surgeon experience, researchers say, so many women could benefit if surgeons were trained and encouraged to opt for the needle method more often.
     

    “Needle biopsy really is the standard of care,” said senior study author Dr. Benjamin D. Smith of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
     

    “Having a three or four centimeter (surgical) incision in the skin is going to hurt more and take longer to heal than inserting a needle,” Smith told Reuters Health by phone. “Excisional biopsy has more complications than needle biopsy.”
     

    Smith and his coauthors looked at the diagnostic histories of almost 90,000 women with breast cancer using Medicare data for the years 2003 to 2006.
     

    Of the women who had consulted with a surgeon before the biopsy, only 54% subsequently had a needle biopsy.
     

    Surgeons without board certification, who were trained outside the United States or who were not specialized in surgical oncology were less likely to have patients undergo a needle biopsy, according to the study results in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
     

    The surgeon’s disposition was more important in predicting needle biopsies than other factors like rural location, the authors write.
     

    “This paper is an interesting example of how important it is for cancer patients to be treated by experienced surgeons and in higher volume institutions,” said Dr. Dawn L. Hershman, leader of the Breast Cancer Program at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center of Columbia University Medical Center in New York. Hershman was not a part of the new study. neoadjuvant therapy.”
     

    Women who did not have a needle biopsy were twice as likely to undergo multiple surgeries for their cancers than women who did.
     

    “I think part of it is that in our medical system physicians are incentivized to do more,” Smith said. “Surgeons get paid by the procedure more or less, and it’s hard to change those patterns.”
     

    J Clin Oncol 2014.

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