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Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) after Breast Conserving Surgery

The American Society for Radiation Oncology's Choosing Wisely® list recommends against performing IMRT, a 3-dimensional technique that has not been demonstrated to provide a significant clinical advantage over the standard 2-dimensional technique for whole breast radiation therapy after breast conserving surgery.

The results below represent the percentage of women who received IMRT within 180 days from their breast conserving surgery (BCS) among women with newly diagnosed breast cancer between 7/1/2014 to 12/31/2014 who underwent BCS and radiation treatment within 180 days from their BCS. These results are consistently calculated based on strict inclusion and measurement criteria applied to each institution's billing data.

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Note: Results presented here are part of a federal grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) awarded to investigators at the Medical College of Wisconsin. The organizations participating in this project agreed to do so on a voluntary basis, and represent a majority of the WCHQ membership eligible for the study.