Navigation Links
Race, Gender Affect Laryngeal Cancer Survival
Date:12/20/2007

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:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/14/2017)... ... January 13, 2017 , ... According to a December 9 ... may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and cardiovascular disease. Southern ... wellness benefits linked to a Mediterranean diet are only some of the many ...
(Date:1/13/2017)... ... 2017 , ... A January 10 article in the Daily Star ... publication, with an emphasis on some new techniques that the publication says are becoming ... more casually to his patients and colleagues as Dr. J, comments that the best ...
(Date:1/13/2017)... ... January 13, 2017 , ... People who have sensitive teeth are about ... they brush their teeth. Sadly, most dental hygiene products in the market contain chemical ... For these people, continuing their daily oral care routine to keep their teeth white ...
(Date:1/13/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The Joint Corp. was recently ranked in ... by entrepreneurs and franchisors as a top competitive measurement, the Franchise 500® ranked ... strength and stability, growth rate, and brand power. , “It is always an ...
(Date:1/13/2017)... ... January 13, 2017 , ... One way to obtain a green ... if they can show their work is in the national interest. There are two ... having to be sponsored by an employer; and 2) the submission is made directly ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/13/2017)... NEW YORK , Jan. 12, 2017  Rosen ... the filing of a class action lawsuit on behalf ... ALXN ) from February 10, 2014 through November ... to recover damages for Alexion investors under the federal ... action, go to http://rosenlegal.com/cases-991.html or call ...
(Date:1/13/2017)... , Jan. 13, 2017 Over the last 10 years ... rapidly (6% – 10% yoy) and are expected to deliver remarkable future ... region, followed by Thailand , the Philippines ... and Singapore .  A member of the G20 and ... almost 40% of the SEA,s economic output and the largest pharma manufacturing ...
(Date:1/13/2017)... -- ... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... offering. The disease is divided into two categories ... melanoma, which can be treated with surgery, and advanced melanoma, which ... therapy aiming to prevent disease re-occurrence, and advanced therapies aiming to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: