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Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Pediatric Patients with Brain Cancer

A population-based analysis, published in Scientific Reports, found that racial and ethnic disparities in childhood central nervous system (CNS) tumor survival seem to have their roots at least partially in post-diagnosis factors, possibly due to the lack of access to high quality care, leading to poorer overall outcomes.1

Additionally, the study found that at the time of diagnosis, pediatric patients with brain tumors of all races and ethnicities presented with cancers of similar stage and aggressiveness, meaning that at the time of diagnosis, there were no disparities. However, black and Hispanic patients then went on to fare worse than their non-Hispanic white counterparts.

“We were surprised,” senior study author Adam Green, MD, CU Cancer Center investigator and pediatric brain cancer specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado, said in a press release.2 “In general, we…

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