For-Profit Hospital Ownership Status and Use of Brachytherapy after Breast-Conserving Surgery

A doctor meets with his patient in the  John Theurer Cancer Center.

Hospital ownership status was found to affect the use of newer, more expensive cancer technologies.

Breast brachytherapy— a treatment that involves implanting a radiation seed into a lumpectomy cavity—is a newer and more expensive therapy than whole breast radiation for breast cancer. Patients treated at for-profit hospitals were more likely to have breast brachytherapy (20.2%) than those treated at not-for-profit hospitals (15.5%).