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J Korean Soc Ther Radiol Oncol > Volume 16(3); 1998 > Article
The Journal of the Korean Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology 1998;16(3): 347-350.
Why Do Patients Drop Out During Radiation Therapy? : Analyses of Incompletely Treated Patients
Seung Jae Huh, Hong Gyun Wu, Yong Chan Ahn, Dae Yong Kim, Kyung Hwan Shin, Kyu Chan Lee, Won A Chong, Hyun Joo Kim
1Department of Radiation Oncology, Samsung Medical Center, College of Medicine, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea.
2Department of Therapeutic Radiology, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
ABSTRACT
PURPOSE:
This study is to see how much proportion of the patients receiving radiation therapy drop out during radiation therapy and to analyze the reason for the incomplete treatment.
MATERIALS AND METHODS:
The base population of this study was 1,100 patients with registration numbers 901 through 2,000 at Department of Radiation Oncology, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea. Authors investigated the incidence of incomplete radiation therapy, which was defined as less than 95% of initially planned radiation dose, and the reasons for incomplete radiation therapy.
RESULTS:
One hundred and twenty eight patients (12%) did not complete the planned radiation therapy. The performance status of the incompletely treated patients was generally poorer than that of the base population, and the aim of radiation therapy was more commonly palliative. The most common reason for not completing the planned treatment was the patients' refusal of further radiation therapy because of the distrust of radiation therapy and/or the poor economic status.
CONCLUSION:
Careful case selection for radiation therapy with consideration of the socioeconomic status of the patients in addition to the clinical indication would be necessary for the reduction of incomplete treatment, especially in the palliative setting.
Key Words: Radiation therapy, Incomplete treatment
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