Surgical Oncology News

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Blacks less likely to survive advanced breast cancer

Author: Daily Democrat
Date:
Jul 26, 2011

UC Davis researchers in Sacramento have discovered that blacks are more likely than patients from other racial and ethnic groups to die from advanced breast cancer and that the disparity cannot be explained by the fact that blacks are less likely to receive radiation therapy, a standard treatment for advanced disease.

"We knew from our earlier study that blacks with advanced breast cancer were less likely to be treated with radiation, so we expected to see that their survival would be poorer because of that," said [SSO Member] Steve R. Martinez, principal investigator of the study and assistant professor of surgical oncology at UCD Cancer Center. "We were surprised to find that blacks fare worse regardless of whether they receive radiation therapy and actually appear to be less responsive to one of our most important treatments."

The study, published online in the journal Cancer, evaluated data from more than 12,000 patients in the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results database with advanced breast cancer between 1988 to 2005. The data allowed analysis of patients by racial and ethnic group, types and characteristics of breast cancer, type of surgery and whether or not they received radiation therapy. Death rates from breast cancer and other causes were determined...

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