Many Young Black Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients Can’t Afford Life-Saving Care
Hodgkin lymphoma is a form of cancer that starts in white blood cells is often curable. But, poor black and Hispanic young people are less likely to survive the disease than their white peers, a new study shows.
“This study identifies vulnerable subgroups of young Hodgkin lymphoma patients at higher risk of dying from their disease, and points to disparities in treatment delivery and follow-up care as likely contributing factors,” said study author Theresa Keegan. She is an associate professor in the division of hematology and oncology at the University of California, Davis.
“Identifying and reducing barriers to recommended treatment and follow-up care is critical to improving survival for all patients,” Keegan said in a university news release. She conducted the research while at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California.