Racial Disparities in Cancer Patient Treatment

University_of_California_San_Diego_UCSD_LogoA study conducted by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine finds that African Americans colorectal cancer patients are less likely than White patients to be seen by cancer specialists or receive cancer treatments. The differences in treatment may explain a mortality rate for African Americans that is 15 percent higher than the rate for non-Hispanic White patients. The study found that when Black and White patients received the same level of treatment there was no difference in mortality rates.

The researchers analyzed data on more than 11,200 cancer patients over the age of 66. The data showed that Blacks were 10 percent less likely than Whites to have primary tumor surgery, 17 percent less likely to undergo chemotherapy, and 30 percent less likely to receive radiotherapy. In addition, for those patients who did receive chemotherapy, Whites were more likely than Blacks to receive more extensive treatment and to receive chemotherapy sooner than Blacks.

The authors of the study offered six possible explanations for the racial differences: conscious or unconscious provider bias, patient mistrust, health literacy, patient/physician communication problems, healthcare access barriers, and/or race-based differences in disease biology.

The article, “Racial Disparity in Consultation, Treatment, and the Impact on Survival in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer,” was published on the website of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. It may be accessed here.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Three African Americans Appointed to New Academic Positions

Leon Prieto, Kofi Afrifah, and Andrea Moore have been appointed to new academic positions at Clayton University, Bowie State University, and Savannah State University, respectively.

Historic HBCU Landmark Revitalized Through National Park Service Grant

Through three restoration grants totaling $2 million, the Rosenwald Practice School and Principal House will be fully restored, becoming the new home for the Northeastern North Carolina African American Research and Cultural Heritage Institute.

Five Black Leaders Appointed to Administrative Positions

Here is this week’s roundup of African American who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States. If you have news for our appointments section, please email the information to contact@JBHE.com.

North Carolina A&T University Establishes Research Partnership with Collins Aerospace

“There are direct relations to the research we do in the College of Engineering and the mission purpose of Collins Aerospace,” said Stephanie Luster-Teasley, interim dean of the College of Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. “Being able to partner with Collins really gives our students the opportunities for hands-on research at each level – undergraduate and graduate.”

Featured Jobs