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Optimal Treatment Boosts Blacks' Lung Cancer Survival
Date:1/19/2009

other factors (i.e., distrust, perceptions and beliefs about lung cancer and its treatment and limited access to subspecialty care) may have a more dominant role in causing disparities than previously recognized," the study authors wrote.

"The implication of these findings is that interventions designed to narrow gaps in health care should target structured aspects of care, providers and patients and communities at risk for lung cancer and suboptimal care," the team added.

The researchers suggested that referral of all patients with potentially curable lung cancer for consideration of lung resection may help reduce racial disparities in survival.

The study was published in the January issue of the journal Archives of Surgery.

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-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, Jan. 19, 2009


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