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Numerous recent studies confirm disparities in lung cancer treatment and survival

Lung cancer diagnosis occurs at later stages in minorities, and treatment differs, with Black patients receiving less surgical treatment than White patients.

Surgery for stage I lung cancer is significantly less frequent in Black patients than White patients despite being the gold standard, and mortality is consequentially higher in Black than White patients. However, when the stage-appropriate treatment — in this case, surgery — is performed, survival is the same between groups.

See “Racial Disparities in Lung Cancer: Part 1 of a Special Series” by Tori Rodriguez on the Pulmonary Advisor website (January 8, 2021)

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