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Colon Cancer Death Rate Doubles As Patients Stop Chemotherapy

as the 488 (30.9 percent) who received only one to four months of treatment. Patients, who were older, unmarried and had comorbid conditions, were more likely to receive less than five months of treatment.

The same research team recently published (Journal of Clinical Oncology, Sept. 20, 2005 issue) the first study to link treatment completion issues with race and poor survival rates. The 2005 study found that black women with early stage breast cancer were more likely than their counterparts of other races to abandon chemotherapy before completing their full course of treatment. The findings shed new light on why breast black cancer patients experience lower survival rates than other women, despite a lower incidence.

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