Women may skip radiation therapy over child care concerns

By Kathleen Raven

NEW YORK Wed Jan 1, 2014 10:26am EST

Vasiliki Kostoula, a Greek breast cancer patient, listens to her doctor after a radiological medical examination in an Athens hospital October 29, 2008. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Vasiliki Kostoula, a Greek breast cancer patient, listens to her doctor after a radiological medical examination in an Athens hospital October 29, 2008.

Credit: Reuters/Yannis Behrakis

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Child care issues may keep breast cancer patients from getting the treatments they need, a new study suggests.

Mothers with young children were more likely to skip recommended radiation treatments after breast cancer surgery because of worries about the time involved, researchers found.