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[MOL] Study to Probe Quality of Cancer Care in U.S.

Study to Probe Quality of Cancer Care in U.S.
    [05/20/2000; Reuters News Service]

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Three weeks before Nancy Brinker's sister died 
of breast cancer, she asked Brinker to help make sure that other women 
would not go through treatment as frightened and ignorant as she
said, Nan, we have to go fix what is wrong here,'' Brinker said.
``And I promised her I would.'' The result was the Susan B. Komen
Breast Cancer Foundation, now the third largest charity in the
United States.On Saturday, the foundation announced a grant of
$1 million for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO),
Harvard University and the RAND Corporation, a research organization,
to study the quality of care that breast and colon cancer patients

They hope to develop a nationwide monitoring system to determine
what ``best quality'' means in treating cancer, and to give that
information to patients and doctors alike.The 18-month study
will start with a troll through the medical records of 300 breast
cancer patients and 300 colon cancer patients. Researchers will
look at whether people got chemotherapy or radiation therapy,
whether they received the full recommended dose, whether they
were given the option of taking part in a clinical trial, how
long it took to be referred to a specialist and how many doctors
they saw.``We will in fact be asking the patients what their
perception of their care was,'' Deborah Kamin, director of public
policy for ASCO, told a news conference.``Was the doctor available?
Was their pain controlled?''The 18-month pilot study, whose launch
was announced at the annual meeting of ASCO, will begin in Los
Angeles, which offers great ethnic diversity; Houston, which
has the M.D. Anderson cancer center; and Cleveland, where the
Cleveland Clinic operates with a number of associated practices.

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