Title page for ETD etd-11182008-063136

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Loritsch, Mary Brewer
URN etd-11182008-063136
Title Do surgeons influence the treatment rates for T1 breast cancer patients at the local level of health care?
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Curriculum and Instruction
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Redican, Kerry J. Committee Co-Chair
Weber, Larry J. Committee Co-Chair
Baffi, Charles R. Committee Member
Fortune, Jimmie C. Committee Member
Zelenik, Mary Ella Committee Member
  • breast conservation surgery
  • lumpectomy
  • mastectomy
  • patient decision-making
Date of Defense 1995-05-05
Availability restricted

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women ages 35-54. A research consensus has been published stating that breast conserving therapy or surgery (BCT/BeS) and mastectomy treatments for T1 breast cancers yield comparable recurrence and survival rates. Standards of medical practice for various diseases and conditions are known, but very little if any, information or research exists on individual hospital medical practice. This study focused on the grassroots level of health care by investigating local treatment protocols, patient/physician beliefs and actual treatments chosen concerning early diagnosis of breast cancer.

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