Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Racial differences in kidney cancer outcome

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According to a new study, older black people with renal cell cancer have significantly lower survival rates than older white patients. The study found that this disparity can be attributed to the lower rates of surgical removal of the kidney and higher rates of comorbid illnesses.

This study was conducted by Dr. Sonja I. Berndt from the NCI and was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Even among black patients who had surgery, the survival rates were lower when compared to whites who had their kidney removed. In contrast, black patients who did not have surgery had better survival rates than white patients who did not have surgery.

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