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Black, Hispanic Patients with Lung Cancer Less Likely to Undergo PET/CT Imaging

According to a study published in the JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, black and Hispanic patients are less likely to undergo guideline recommended PET/CT imaging at non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) diagnosis, which could partially explain previously observed differences in survival.1

The researchers indicated that further awareness of this issue would allow for future interventions aimed at alleviating this disparity.

“If African Americans and Hispanics aren’t getting the best imaging, this could be a piece of the puzzle explaining why these patients with lung cancer tend to have worse outcomes than white patients,” Rustain Morgan, MD, University of Colorado Cancer Center Investigator and assistant professor in the School of Medicine Department of Radiology, said in a press release.2 “Now that we know more about this problem, we must find ways to address…

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