Accession Number : ADA301456

Title :   Choices of Breast Cancer Therapies in Four Ethnic Groups.

Descriptive Note : Annual rept. 15 Aug 94-14 Aug 95,

Corporate Author : CALIFORNIA UNIV SAN FRANCISCO

Personal Author(s) : Lee, Marion M. ; Wrensch, Margaret R.

PDF Url : ADA301456

Report Date : 12 SEP 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 78

Abstract : The San Francisco Bay Area is the forefront of alternative medicine practice in the United States. The Bay Area also has many health resources to accommodate ethnic diversity in health access and choices. This study attempts to systematically determine the prevalence and factors influencing the utilization of conventional and nonconventional breast cancer treatments through telephone interviews on approximately 400 breast cancer patients diagnosed between 1990 and 1992 in San Francisco representing four ethnic groups (Whites, Blacks, Hispanics and Chinese). As of August 15, 1995, we have completed 120 interviews and found that nearly half of them have ever used nonconventional therapies after breast cancer diagnoses. Ethnic differences were observed: 49% white, 57% blacks, 70% Hispanic and 38% Chinese have used at least one kind of alternative treatment. Our long range goal is to assess outcomes of various treatment Options among these ethnic population.

Descriptors :   *THERAPY, *ETHNIC GROUPS, *MAMMARY GLANDS, *BREAST CANCER, UNITED STATES, HEALTH, LONG RANGE(TIME), MEDICINE, LONG RANGE(DISTANCE), ACCESS, RESOURCES, TELEPHONE SYSTEMS, CHINA, INTERVIEWING, BAYS, SAN FRANCISCO BAY, CAUCASIANS, HISPANICS.

Subject Categories : Anatomy and Physiology
      Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE