Friday, August 03, 2012
Race Doesn't Seem to Predict Lung Cancer Survival in Blacks
"In simple terms, if 100 patients who are [white] and 100 patients who are [black] have the same age, stage of cancer, type of lung cancer and are treated the same way, there should not be differences in their survival just because they are of different races," Dr. Rajesh Sehgal, a medical oncologist at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center in Huntington, W. Va., said in a news release from the American Association for Cancer Research.
"[Black] patients did have lesser median overall survival, but after compensating for all other factors that affect prognosis, such as age, stage and type of treatment, [black] race was not an independent prognostic factor for poor survival," added Sehgal, who is also an assistant professor of medicine at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.
The study also indicated patients of other races or ethnic groups -- including Asian and Hispanic patients -- had a slightly better disease prognosis when compared with African-American and white patients, indicating there may be biological differences in the tumors in these groups of people, the study authors said. Read more…
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