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Experts list top 5 unnecessary Cancer tests, treatments

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 10:08pm

Dr. Donald Richards is with Texas Oncology in Tyler.

He tells KETK, the American Society of Clinical Oncology's top 5 list of unnecessary tests and treatments is something he agrees with.

Because it doesn't sacrifice the quality of cancer care.

Richards says among the list is routine CAT scans and PET scans for Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer patients that are unlikely to have metastasis.

The scans can cost thousands and blood tests can cost hundreds.

"And there's no great advantage to it.  It doesn't improve outcome.  It doesn't improve patient care.  It is an expense that can be eliminated," Richards said.

Many may call it "rationing."

"Some people would think that that is rationing of care.  It isn't.  It's just being realistic," Richards said.

KETK spoke with East Texan Yvonne Powers -- her sister had a double mascetomy due to Breast Cancer.

She agrees with getting rid of the unnecessary testing.

"I mean, why do it...if nothing's gonna be coming of it?  A lot of people have Cancer and then the testing makes them even worse," Powers said.

East Texan Rhonda Cozad also has a sister who went through a double mastectomy.  She agrees with the list as well.

"All it does is take people's money...that really can't afford it probably anyway," Cozad said.

Click here to see the full list from ASCO.

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