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Racial Disparities in Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer Tied to Varying Outcomes

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Black patients with pancreatic cancer receive less treatment and fewer surgical procedures for resectable tumors than white patients, according to findings from a large cohort analysis (JAMA Surg. 2019 Dec 4. Epub ahead of print).

“Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) has a higher incidence and worse outcomes among black patients than white patients, potentially owing to a combination of socioeconomic, biological, and treatment differences,” explained Danielle R. Heller, MD, Section of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, and colleagues, who sought to find out whether treatment inequity contributes to this disparity in survival. Read more . . . .

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