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Study finds racial differences in survival rates after prostate cancer treatment

t to examine whether black and white patients treated with surgery or other treatments actually had similar survival. The disparities in survival persisted even after adjusting for geographic region where the patient was treated, tumor grade, other medical conditions and socio-economic factors.

"Figuring out why survival among blacks is worse and why surgical patients have the largest disparity will take more research."

Several reasons could account for these disparities, researchers said. One is that black patients had reduced access to specialized radiation therapy, which is preferred over surgery for patients in whom locally advanced cancer is suspected. Another possible explanation is genetic differences between races in response to prostate cancer treatment.

Their report concluded that "researchers should continue to investigate racial disparities in treatment outcomes as well as the specific social, biologic or environmental conditions that may be responsible for these disparities."


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Contact: Dianne Shaw
919-966-7834
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
18-Nov-2003


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