Suzanne Buckley Evans, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Therapeutic Radiology

Research Interests

Neoplasms

Research Organizations

Cancer Center, Yale: COPPER Center | Radiobiology & Radiotherapy

Therapeutic Radiology/Radiation Oncology

Research Summary

Dr. Evans has a profound interest in maximizing cure and minimizing the toxicities of radiation therapy through careful planning and analysis. She also seeks to understand techniques for improved communication with patients. Her research and practice focus is breast and gynecologic cancers.

Extensive Research Description

Evans SB, Sioshansi S, Moran MS, Hiatt J, Price LL, Wazer DE. Prevalence of Poor Cardiac Anatomy in Carcinoma of the Breast Treated With Whole-breast Radiotherapy: Reconciling Modern Cardiac Dosimetry With Cardiac Mortality Data. Am J Clin Oncol. 2011 Sep 16. [Epub ahead of print]

Evans SB, Decker R. Disclosing medical errors: a practical guide and discussion of radiation oncology-specific controversies. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2011 Aug 1;80(5):1285-8.

Evans SB. "Unnecessary" postmastectomy radiation therapy. Arch Surg. 2011 Jun;146(6):764-5; author reply 765. No abstract available.

Toxicity of three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy for accelerated partial breast irradiation. Hepel JT, Tokita M, MacAusland SG, Evans SB, Hiatt JR, Price LL, DiPetrillo T, Wazer DE. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2009 Dec 1;75(5):1290-6. Epub 2009 Apr 22.

Planning the breast boost: comparison of three techniques and evolution of tumor bed during treatment. Hepel JT, Evans SB, Hiatt JR, Price LL, DiPetrillo T, Wazer DE, MacAusland SG. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2009 Jun 1;74(2):458-63. Epub 2008 Dec 10.

Management of the axilla after the finding of a positive sentinel lymph node: a proposal for an evidence-based risk-adapted algorithm. Evans SB, Gass J, Wazer DE. Am J Clin Oncol. 2008 Jun;31(3):293-9. Review.

Severe acute toxicity from whole breast radiotherapy in the setting of collagen vascular disease. Hernandez S, Evans SB, Wazer DE. Am J Clin Oncol. 2006 Dec;29(6):647-8.

Dose-modeling study to compare external beam techniques from protocol NSABP B-39/RTOG 0413 for patients with highly unfavorable cardiac anatomy. Hiatt JR, Evans SB, Price LL, Cardarelli GA, Dipetrillo TA, Wazer DE. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2006 Aug 1;65(5):1368-74.

Persistent seroma after intraoperative placement of MammoSite for accelerated partial breast irradiation: incidence, pathologic anatomy, and contributing factors. Evans SB, Kaufman SA, Price LL, Cardarelli G, Dipetrillo TA, Wazer DE. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2006 Jun 1;65(2):333-9. Epub 2006 Mar 20.


Dr. Evans is presently working on an editorial on medical error disclosure, as well as projects looking at radiation dose to coronary arteries in breast cancer treatment, and on a clinicopathologic correlation of recurrence in ductal carcinoma in situ.

Selected Publications

  • Wiznia LE, Lannin DR, Evans SB, Hofstatter EW, Horowitz NR, Killelea BK, Tsangaris TN, Chagpar AB. The Number of Lymph Nodes Dissected in Breast Cancer Patients Influences the Accuracy of Prognosis. Ann Surg Oncol. 2013 Oct 17. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Preoperative Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Contralateral Breast Cancer Occurrence Among Older Women With Breast Cancer. Wang SY, Long JB, Killelea BK, Evans SB, Roberts KB, Silber A, Gross CP. J Clin Oncol. 2015 Nov 30. pii: JCO629741. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Contemporary Breast Radiotherapy and Cardiac Toxicity. Yeboa DN, Evans SB. Semin Radiat Oncol. 2016 Jan;26(1):71-8. doi: 10.1016/j.semradonc.2015.09.003. Epub 2015 Sep 4. Review. PMID: 26617212
  • Influence of a 21-Gene Recurrence Score Assay on Chemotherapy Delivery in Breast Cancer. Rutter CE, Yao X, Mancini BR, Aminawung JA, Chagpar AB, Saglam O, Hofstatter EW, Abu-Khalaf M, Gross CP, Evans SB. Clin Breast Cancer. 2015 Sep 21. pii: S1526-8209(15)00219-0. doi: 10.1016/j.clbc.2015.09.008. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26483315
  • Hypofractionated radiation therapy versus conventionally fractionated radiation therapy for early-stage breast cancer: how do we choose? Evans SB, Yu JB. Future Oncol. 2015;11(15):2105-7. doi: 10.2217/fon.15.130. No abstract available. PMID: 26235175
  • Patient safety across disciplines: radiation oncology incident learning system. Evans SB. J Oncol Pract. 2015 May;11(3):202-3. doi: 10.1200/JOP.2015.004341. Epub 2015 Apr 21. No abstract available. PMID: 25901050
  • The evolving role of adjuvant radiotherapy for elderly women with early-stage breast cancer. Rutter CE, Lester-Coll NH, Mancini BR, Corso CD, Park HS, Yeboa DN, Gross CP, Evans SB. Cancer. 2015 Jul 15;121(14):2331-40. doi: 10.1002/cncr.29377. Epub 2015 Mar 24. PMID: 25810128
  • Growing Use of Mastectomy for Ductal Carcinoma-In Situ of the Breast Among Young Women in the United States. Rutter CE, Park HS, Killelea BK, Evans SB. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Jul;22(7):2378-86. doi: 10.1245/s10434-014-4334-x. Epub 2015 Jan 7. PMID: 25564175
  • Breast cancer laterality does not influence survival in a large modern cohort: implications for radiation-related cardiac mortality. Rutter CE, Chagpar AB, Evans SB. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2014 Oct 1;90(2):329-34. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2014.06.030. PMID: 25304793
  • Radiation Oncology Incident Learning System: a call to participation. Evans SB, Ford EC. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2014 Oct 1;90(2):249-50. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2014.05.2671. No abstract available. PMID: 25304784
  • Adoption of hypofractionated whole-breast irradiation for early-stage breast cancer: a National Cancer Data Base analysis. Wang EH, Mougalian SS, Soulos PR, Rutter CE, Evans SB, Haffty BG, Gross CP, Yu JB. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2014 Dec 1;90(5):993-1000. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2014.06.038. Epub 2014 Aug 19. PMID: 25149661
  • Physician participation in incident learning. Evans SB. J Oncol Pract. 2014 Sep;10(5):e358-9. doi: 10.1200/JOP.2014.001526. Epub 2014 Aug 5. No abstract available. PMID: 25095824
  • Impact of financial burden of cancer on survivors' quality of life. Fenn KM, Evans SB, McCorkle R, DiGiovanna MP, Pusztai L, Sanft T, Hofstatter EW, Killelea BK, Knobf MT, Lannin DR, Abu-Khalaf M, Horowitz NR, Chagpar AB. J Oncol Pract. 2014 Sep;10(5):332-8. doi: 10.1200/JOP.2013.001322. Epub 2014 May 27. PMID: 24865220
  • Analysis of coronary artery dosimetry in the 3-dimensional era: Implications for organ-at-risk segmentation and dose tolerances in left-sided tangential breast radiation. Evans SB, Panigrahi B, Northrup V, Patterson J, Baldwin DE, Higgins SA, Moran MS. Pract Radiat Oncol. 2013 Apr-Jun;3(2):e55-60. doi: 10.1016/j.prro.2012.06.007. Epub 2012 Jul 24. PMID: 24674321
  • Examining the cost-effectiveness of radiation therapy among older women with favorable-risk breast cancer. Sen S, Wang SY, Soulos PR, Frick KD, Long JB, Roberts KB, Yu JB, Evans SB, Chagpar AB, Gross CP. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2014 Mar;106(3):dju008. doi: 10.1093/jnci/dju008. Epub 2014 Mar 5. PMID: 24598714
  • Academic and Resident Radiation Oncologists' Attitudes and Intentions Regarding Radiation Therapy near the End of Life. Lloyd S, Dosoretz AP, Yu JB, Evans SB, Decker RH. Am J Clin Oncol. 2014 Jan 2. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24390273
  • The number of lymph nodes dissected in breast cancer patients influences the accuracy of prognosis. Wiznia LE, Lannin DR, Evans SB, Hofstatter EW, Horowitz NR, Killelea BK, Tsangaris TN, Chagpar AB. Ann Surg Oncol. 2014 Feb;21(2):389-94. doi: 10.1245/s10434-013-3308-8. Epub 2013 Oct 17. PMID: 24132625
  • Breast conservation therapy for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS): does presentation of disease affect long-term outcomes? Bai HX, Motwani SB, Higgins SA, Haffty BG, Wilson LD, Lannin DR, Evans SB, Moran MS. Int J Clin Oncol. 2014;19(3):460-6. doi: 10.1007/s10147-013-0575-0. Epub 2013 Jun 19.
  • Bone scan findings of chest wall pain syndrome after stereotactic body radiation therapy: implications for the pathophysiology of the syndrome. Lloyd S, Decker RH, Evans SB. J Thorac Dis. 2013 Apr;5(2):E41-4. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2072-1439.2012.06.04. PMID: 23585956
  • Intraoperative radiotherapy for breast cancer: deceptively simple? Evans SB, Higgins SA. Oncology (Williston Park). 2013 Feb;27(2):122, 124. No abstract available. PMID: 23530403
  • How radiation oncologists would disclose errors: results of a survey of radiation oncologists and trainees. Evans SB, Yu JB, Chagpar A. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2012 Oct 1;84(2):e131-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2012.03.010. Epub 2012 May 5. PMID: 22560545
  • Prevalence of poor cardiac anatomy in carcinoma of the breast treated with whole-breast radiotherapy: reconciling modern cardiac dosimetry with cardiac mortality data. Evans SB, Sioshansi S, Moran MS, Hiatt J, Price LL, Wazer DE. Am J Clin Oncol. 2012 Dec;35(6):587-92. doi: 10.1097/COC.0b013e31822d9cf6. PMID: 21926900
  • Disclosing medical errors: a practical guide and discussion of radiation oncology-specific controversies. Evans SB, Decker R. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2011 Aug 1;80(5):1285-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2011.04.015. No abstract available. PMID: 21740992
  • Toxicity of three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy for accelerated partial breast irradiation. Hepel JT, Tokita M, MacAusland SG, Evans SB, Hiatt JR, Price LL, DiPetrillo T, Wazer DE. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2009 Dec 1;75(5):1290-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2009.01.009. Epub 2009 Apr 22. PMID: 19395195
  • Planning the breast boost: comparison of three techniques and evolution of tumor bed during treatment. Hepel JT, Evans SB, Hiatt JR, Price LL, DiPetrillo T, Wazer DE, MacAusland SG. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2009 Jun 1;74(2):458-63. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2008.08.051. Epub 2008 Dec 10. PMID: 19084347
  • Management of the axilla after the finding of a positive sentinel lymph node: a proposal for an evidence-based risk-adapted algorithm. Evans SB, Gass J, Wazer DE. Am J Clin Oncol. 2008 Jun;31(3):293-9. doi: 10.1097/COC.0b013e318161dc1b. Review.
  • Severe acute toxicity from whole breast radiotherapy in the setting of collagen vascular disease. Hernandez S, Evans SB, Wazer DE. Am J Clin Oncol. 2006 Dec;29(6):647-8. No abstract available. PMID: 17149010
  • Dose-modeling study to compare external beam techniques from protocol NSABP B-39/RTOG 0413 for patients with highly unfavorable cardiac anatomy. Hiatt JR, Evans SB, Price LL, Cardarelli GA, Dipetrillo TA, Wazer DE. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2006 Aug 1;65(5):1368-74. PMID: 16863924
  • Persistent seroma after intraoperative placement of MammoSite for accelerated partial breast irradiation: incidence, pathologic anatomy, and contributing factors. Evans SB, Kaufman SA, Price LL, Cardarelli G, Dipetrillo TA, Wazer DE. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2006 Jun 1;65(2):333-9. Epub 2006 Mar 20. PMID: 16545918

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