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Health Care Disparities Might Affect Black Kids' Cancer Survival
Date:5/1/2012

5-year study, the gap widened for children with acute myeloid leukemia and neuroblastoma, a tumor of the nervous system.

"These findings flow directly from [St. Jude founder] Danny Thomas's strong view that to conquer childhood cancer, treatment must be equally available across all racial and ethnic groups, which has been the case at St. Jude since [Thomas] opened the doors in 1962," Dr. William Evans, the study's co-author and St. Jude's CEO, said in a hospital news release.

The study authors said that equal access to care is vital to improve survival rates for children with cancer.

"This study shows that with outstanding medical care and psychosocial support, [black] patients should not necessarily fare worse than white patients," the study's lead author, Dr. Ching-Hon Pui, chairman of the St. Jude department of oncology, said in the news release.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has more about racial disparities in health care.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, news release, April 30, 2012


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