disparities

Wealthy Advanced Prostate Cancer Men Live Longer

Men living in wealthier zip codes in the United States live longer with advanced prostate cancer than men in lower income zip codes.  Creighton University, Omaha, NE  researchers studied income levels and overall survival of men diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer.  Lead author Sabra Ahmed and his team looked at 50,639 men in the National Cancer Database diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer between 2004-2011 . Income was evaluated using the median income of the patient’s zip code.  Ahmed's abstract is being presented at the ASCO GU conference this weekend (Impact of income in stage IV prostate cancer. abstract #244) His conclusions: "Compared to [...]

By | February 15th, 2017|disparities, Disparities, End-Of-Life|0 Comments

A Small Analysis of Abiraterone Responses in African American Men with Metastatic Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer

Presented at ASCO GU by Stolten and colleagues was abstract 244 that described the responses African American men had to abiraterone (Zytiga) in a retrospective cohort study of men seen at a single institution.  Stolten included differences in the men including their age at diagnosis, prior enzalutamide (Xtandi) and/or docetaxel (chemotherapy) use, as well as baseline alkaline phosphatase, hemoglobin, and lactate dehydrogenase.  The primary outcome of interest was duration of treatment with Zytiga and they considered velocity of PSA decline, PSA response and progression as a secondary outcomes. The treatment sample included 103 men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) [...]

Understanding Some Of The Disparity Issues Surrounding Prostate Cancer

According to Malecare, Prostate Cancer kills Black men as a rate that is 2.4 times that for White men. According to the Men’s Health Foundation Ghana “1 in 5 Ghanaian men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime.”(1) The Prostate Cancer UK also said “1 in 4 black men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime.”(2) According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation in the United States, “African-American men are nearly 1.6 times more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than Caucasian men and 2.4 times more likely to die from the disease.(3) A report from the National Cancer Institute [...]