Dr. Lawton Issues Statement on Increase of Self-Referrals to Urologist-Owned IMRT Facilities

A New England Journal of Medicine “Special Article” identifies a 19.2 percent increase from 2005 to 2010 in the use of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for prostate cancer patients by urologists who self-refer to their own in-office IMRT centers. Dr. Colleen Lawton (Radiation Oncology), Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, issued a statement on behalf of the society saying, “No provider should allow their financial interest to influence treatment decisions.”

http://journals.lww.com/oncology-times/Fulltext/2013/11250/Study_Details_Rise_in_Urologists__Self_Referred.9.aspx

Oncology Times, November 25, 2013

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