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J Neurooncol. 2018 May;138(1):83-97. doi: 10.1007/s11060-018-2773-0. Epub 2018 Feb 7.

Pediatric neuro-oncology survival disparities in California.

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1
Division of Child Neurology, Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, Palo Alto, CA, USA.
2
Cancer Prevention Institute of California, Fremont, CA, USA.
3
Department of Epidemiology, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA.
4
Division of Child Neurology, Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, Palo Alto, CA, USA. spartap@stanford.edu.

Abstract

The objective of this study was to investigate racial/ethnic differences in survival for pediatric high-grade glioma (HGG) and medulloblastoma in the state of California. We obtained data from the California Cancer Registry on 552 high-grade glioma patients (110 brainstem, 442 non-brainstem) and 648 medulloblastoma patients ages 0-19 years from 1988 to 2012. Using multivariate Cox proportional hazards regression, we examined the impact of individual and neighborhood characteristics on survival. Socioeconomic quintile and insurance status differed significantly by race for both diagnoses. Hispanic children with non-brainstem HGG had worse survival than non-Hispanic white children: hazard ratio (HR) 1.62; 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.24-2.11, but the difference was mitigated some by accounting for socioeconomic status (HR 1.48, CI 1.10-1.99). Racial/ethnic differences in survival exist for children with high-grade glioma, particularly Hispanic children with non-brainstem high-grade glioma, and are likely related to sociologic factors.

KEYWORDS:

Disparity; High-grade glioma; Medulloblastoma; Pediatric; Survival

PMID:
29417400
DOI:
10.1007/s11060-018-2773-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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