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J Natl Med Assoc. 2008 Jun;100(6):683-8.

Contemporary review on the inequities in the management of lung cancer among the African-American population.

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Department of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA.

Abstract

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality. Nonsmall-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) constitutes approximately 80% of all the lung cancers observed. Despite the aggressive nature of this disease, totally adequate and fully comprehensive treatment yielding outstanding outcomes and survival has yet to be discovered. A uniform means by which to manage NSCLC is only in evolution. Without a universally accepted algorithm upon which clinical decisions can be referenced or compared, differences in the treatment of this disease process can and will exist. Racial bias in the management of NSCLC is being realized as a cause of a substandard delivery of adequate care. Whether this is a newly emerging phenomenon or simply one that is being exposed is unclear. Nevertheless, this inequity in management ranges from the early-to-late stages of NSCLC. The purpose of this manuscript is to explore the reasons behind the differences in the receipt of care for NSCLC that exists between the African-American and Caucasian population.

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