SOURCE: American Society for Radiation Oncology

American Society for Radiation Oncology

October 23, 2013 13:28 ET

New Study in NEJM Exposes Overuse of Radiation Therapy Services When Urologists Profit in Self-referral Practices

FAIRFAX, VA--(Marketwired - October 23, 2013) -

Dr. Jean Mitchell unveils her new study, "Urologists' Use of Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer," detailing physician self-referral abuse, to be published October 24, 2013, in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Thursday, October 24, 2013, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. ET
(Light lunch will be served.)

National Press Club, First Amendment Room
529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045

Jean M. Mitchell, PhD, Economist and Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, specializing in health economics, health services research and applied econometrics.

Colleen A.F. Lawton, MD, FASTRO, Chairman, ASTRO's Board of Directors, and Vice-Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, Clinical Director of Radiation Oncology and Professor of Radiation Oncology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, specialist in prostate cancer.

James L. Mohler, MD, Associate Director and Senior Vice President for Translational Research, Chair of the Department of Urology, and Professor of Oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY, Chair, National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN®) Prostate Cancer Guidelines Panel, and Vice-Chair of the Urology Committee of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology (formerly CALGB).

U.S. Representative Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), sponsor of the Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act of 2013 (PIMA), HR 2914.



ASTRO is the premier radiation oncology society in the world, with more than 10,000 members who are physicians, nurses, biologists, physicists, radiation therapists, dosimetrists and other health care professionals that specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies. As the leading organization in radiation oncology, the Society is dedicated to improving patient care through professional education and training, support for clinical practice and health policy standards, advancement of science and research, and advocacy. ASTRO publishes two medical journals, International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics ( and Practical Radiation Oncology (; developed and maintains an extensive patient website,; and created the Radiation Oncology Institute (, a non-profit foundation to support research and education efforts around the world that enhance and confirm the critical role of radiation therapy in improving cancer treatment. To learn more about ASTRO, visit

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