Navigation Links
Race, Gender Affect Laryngeal Cancer Survival

Men, blacks do worse, as do those without private health insurance, study finds

THURSDAY, Dec. 20 (HealthDay News) -- A patient's sex and race, along with the type of treatment they receive, can impact their survival after a diagnosis of advanced laryngeal cancer, say U.S. researchers.

They analyzed data from a national cancer registry on more than 7,000 patients diagnosed with advanced laryngeal cancer between 1995 and 1998.

Of those patients, 53.6 percent had a total laryngectomy (removal of the larynx), 30.6 percent had radiation therapy (radiotherapy) alone, and 15.8 percent had combined chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

"Controlling for the other included factors, the radiotherapy and chemo-radiotherapy groups had lower odds of survival than did the total laryngectomy group. The increased risk associated with death is approximately 30 percent for the chemo-radiotherapy group and 60 percent for the radiotherapy group," wrote study authors Dr. Amy Y. Chen, of Emory University and the American Cancer Society, and Dr. Michael Halpern, of the American Cancer Society.

They also found that men were less likely to survive than women; patients with stage IV disease were less likely to survive than those with stage III disease; black patients were more likely to die than white patients; and uninsured patients or those with Medicaid, Medicare or other government health plan coverage were more likely to die than those with private health insurance.

"We do not believe that insurance status in this analysis represents differential treatment or quality of care for patients with advanced laryngeal cancer. Rather, insurance status is likely a proxy for multiple medical issues, including usual source of medical care, participation in screening and preventive care activities and exposure to related risk factors, including alcohol and/or tobacco use and poor diet, all of which can influence overall survival," the study authors wrote.

"In conclusion, this analysis demonstrates that total laryngectomy yields the highest likelihood of survival for patients with advanced laryngeal cancer," the researchers added.

The study was published in the December issue of the Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Cancer.

More information

The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about treatment of laryngeal cancer.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, Dec. 17, 2007

Copyright©2007 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Study shows insurance status, not race, linked to complications in patients with acute appendicitis
2. Research says doctors gender may hinder early diagnosis of heart disease in women
3. PA Health Department Survey Shows Impact of Income, Gender, Other Factors on Health and Access to Health Care
4. Survey shows gender differences are factor when surgeons in training choose a subspecialty
5. Cutting Salt Wont Affect Foods Safety
6. A childs IQ could be affected by maternal epilepsy
7. Sexual function affected by stem cell transplant according to long-term study
8. Family history of alcoholism affects response to drug used to treat heavy drinking
9. Obesity Wont Affect Seniors Memory
10. Genetic variation affects smoking cessation treatment
11. Schizophrenia candidate genes affect even healthy individuals
Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Sir Grout of Greater Boston donated an expansive, seven room ... McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®). This donation was made in an effort to give back ... its inception. , “We believe strongly in the Ronald McDonald House Charities, and they ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... Diego, CA (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 ... ... launch of its newest technology platform, ENGAGE, at HIMSS’s Patient Engagement Summit ... to end. , ENGAGE delivers innovative health programs and interventions via mobile devices ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Element Blue ™, a leading IT ... RightSensor™ LLC, an Internet of Things (IoT) hardware supplier that delivers custom and ... for customers requiring sensor hardware for critical data environments. , RightSensor™, working with ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... NavaFit Inc. today announced the launch of its ... with, participate in local fitness & sporting events, and stay motivated. Users ... medical costs drive us to get more serious about fitness and wellness, individuals are ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, ... ... Postnatal Omega-3, a first-of-its kind product that targets the unique health needs ... Omega-3” of the American Pregnancy Association ( ), utilizes Nordic Naturals’ ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/13/2015)... SAN FRANCISCO , October 13, 2015 ... it will be sharing additional findings from the multicenter ... Therapeutics (TCT) meeting in San Francisco ... Device , announced that it will be sharing additional ... community at the Trans-Catheter Therapeutics (TCT) meeting in ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... , Oct. 13, 2015  The spine division of ... in musculoskeletal healthcare, will showcase its portfolio of innovative ... Society (NASS) annual meeting, October 14-17, 2015, in ... host two clinical events: "Supplemental MIS Fixation ... Wednesday, October 14 12:30 – 1 p.m. --> ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... , Oct. 13, 2015  Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI), ... of medicine, announced today the launch of the company,s ... that has the potential to transform healthcare. The inaugural ... CA , at HLI,s headquarters facility. More Health ... other US and International cities. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: