Breast cancer. Selected legal issues

Cancer. 1994 Jul 1;74(1 Suppl):491-511. doi: 10.1002/cncr.2820741339.


Several legal and ethical issues may arise during the course of screening for and diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Among the most active legal areas are reimbursement for therapies deemed experimental by certain insurance companies, such as high dose chemotherapy/autologous bone marrow transplantation (HDCT/ABMT) and off-label drug use; these reimbursement issues are discussed. Legal issues in mammography screening and insurance coverage and legal issues relative to informed consent in breast cancer treatment also are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • Breast Neoplasms / economics*
  • Disclosure
  • Federal Government
  • Female
  • Government Regulation*
  • Health Benefit Plans, Employee / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Insurance, Health, Reimbursement / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Judicial Role
  • Mammography / economics
  • Medicare / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Risk Assessment
  • Therapeutic Human Experimentation
  • United States