Navigation Links
Whites take supplemental breast cancer therapy more often than blacks

ANN ARBOR, Mich.---A new study finds that white women more frequently take more of the life-prolonging supplemental therapies used to treat breast cancer than African-American women.

African-Americans whose cancer had spread to the lymph nodes were less likely to have adjuvant cancer therapy than white women, the study showed. Adjuvant therapy is treatment given to kill remaining cancer cells, in addition to the primary therapy. Studies suggest adjuvant therapy may increase the chances of long-term survival.

The study, which was led by Dr. Mousumi Banerjee of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, found that among women whose cancer had spread or become regional in nature, whites were almost five times more likely to take tamoxifen, a widely-used adjuvant cancer therapy medication, and more than three times more likely to have adjuvant chemotherapy. White and African American women with cancer that had not spread received tamoxifen and chemotherapy at equal rates.

There was no significant difference in the numbers of white and African American women who received breast conservation surgery versus mastectomy. However, women with early stage breast cancer who were covered by government health insurance were less likely to have combination breast conserving cancer surgery and radiation, and more likely to have mastectomy without radiation than patients enrolled in non-governmental plans, or private plans.

"We have seen that African American women are not getting the optimal therapy as often as white Americans," said Banerjee, but she added it's a combination of different things. "Some of it has to do with socioeconomics, some with insurance status and/or access to care, but there are choice issues as well, especially with chemotherapy."

In the study, researchers reviewed and analyzed demographic, socioeconomic and medical data from 651 women diagnosed with breast cancer in Detroit in the early to mid 1990s. Their objective was to evaluate the role of race in breast cancer treatment after accounting for such significant variables as socioeconomic status, health insurance status, and other medical conditions that exist along with the breast cancer that may preclude use of certain treatments.

Racial differences in the diagnosis and outcome of breast cancer have been readily apparent since the 1980s, when new screening and treatment tools became available. Breast cancer is diagnosed at a more advanced, poor prognostic stage among African-American women than white American women. Studies also suggest that, stage-for-stage, African-American women have higher cancer mortality rates. Differences in access to screening and treatment infrastructure, rather than tumor biology, may account for differences in clinical course.

One conclusion from this study is to target educational interventions in a culturally sensitive way to improve use of adjuvant therapies among African-American women with advanced stage disease.


Contact: Laura Bailey
University of Michigan

Related medicine news :

1. Asian-American Teens More Likely Than Whites to Learn Healthier Lifestyles
2. Black Women Have More Severe Cases of Breast Cancer Than Whites, Hispanics
3. Blacks Get Treatment on Par With Whites for Cardiovascular Disease
4. Minority Women in LA County Have Higher Rates of Chronic Disease Than Whites
5. Whites Have Highest Risk of Diabetes in U.S
6. New Supplemental Therapy for Common Jaw Disorder
7. Bayer and Onyx Submit Supplemental New Drug Application for Nexavar to Treat Liver Cancer
8. Consensus on "Combination Therapy" for Breast Cancer
9. Breast cancer treatment to be determined by gene test
10. Ductal lavage may detect early breast cancer
11. Breast Feeding prevents obesity later on in life
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... The ... waive paid entry and parking fees at several of their most popular properties, ... Great Barrington in support of REI’s Black Friday #OptOutside Campaign. The Trustees encourage ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... In response to recent news ... deaths from prescription opioids in the United States grew 400 percent between 1999 and ... opioids were involved in 37 percent of all fatal drug overdoses. (1) , While ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... Cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, ... at a live taping of the next CURE Connections® video series ... Cancers 2015 Symposium at Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center in Washington, D.C. ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... AL (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... American ... announced today the opening of a holiday pop-up clinic located in Metro Atlanta’s North ... needs in a new and different way. The location is scheduled to operate through ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... With Thanksgiving right around the ... safety tips to help protect your family and vehicle. , According to the National ... Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Amica is sharing the following safety tips from the NHTSA: ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... 24, 2015  Figure 1, a free mobile-first network ... cases, has launched a new completely redesigned web version ... allows radiologists, who work primarily on a desktop, to ... with its radiologist user base, Figure 1 is hosting ... North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting. ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , Nov. 24, 2015  Family Rentals, a ... announced the launch of their newly designed, mobile-responsive ... --> Logo ... --> --> Now, renting essential ... and vacation, just got a whole lot easier ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... The uptake of recently approved and pipeline premium products for Type 1 ... 2021, says GBI Research . --> ... Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM), will be a key driver of market growth to ... The uptake of recently approved and pipeline premium products for Type ... to 2021, says GBI Research . ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: