Many Young Black Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients Can’t Afford Life-Saving Care

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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.

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“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.