Choices of Breast Cancer Therapies in Four Ethnic Groups.
Annual rept. 15 Aug 94-14 Aug 95,
CALIFORNIA UNIV SAN FRANCISCO
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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.
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