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Radiation therapy tattoos have been used for decades to set up and position patients for treatment, but did you know that new evidence suggests that as much as 78% of patients strongly prefer not to have tattoos or marks?
In a quantitative study published in an issue of The Breast Journal, Radiotherapy tattoo; Women’s skin as a carrier of personal memory – what do we cause by tattooing our patients?, 138 Young Survival Coalition cancer patients and survivors were surveyed about how they feel about permanent radiation tattoos and marks.
- 70% had negative feelings about this involuntary body modification.
- 78% of patients would choose treatment which avoided tattoos and/or marks, even if additional efforts were required, additional costs, distance, and time for travel.
- 45.5 miles was the mean additional distance patients were willing to travel to a center that has a tattooless or markless option.
Radiation technology is advancing every day and technology is available that can be used to avoid tattoos. Approximately 70% of the top US News and World Report’s Best Hospitals for Cancer® use this technology.
Over 25 centers currently offer tattooless and markless treatments around the world.
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