Racial differences exist in access to cancer specialists, treatment

11/19/2013 | Reuters

In an analysis of data on more than 11,200 late-stage colon cancer patients, U.S. researchers found that black patients had fewer consultations with specialists and were less likely to receive radiation, chemotherapy or surgical tumor removal than their white counterparts. Differences in treatment appeared to explain discrepancies in survival that could not be accounted for by factors related to the tumors or patients themselves, researchers found. The study appears in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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