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With enough patient support, cancer care disparities vanish

from MedPage Today

Substandard therapy and outcomes are not inevitable for patients with socioeconomic disadvantages, a researcher said — and showed data from his own safety-net cancer center to prove it. Nonwhite patients with diffuse large B cell lymphoma were just as likely as whites to receive standard-of-care therapies and be entered into clinical trials, and nonwhites showed the same two-year rates of progression-free survival. Moreover, nonwhite patients were nearly twice as likely to undergo stem cell transplant, a therapy that tends to be less commonly provided to nonwhite patients relative to Caucasians. more

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