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Urol Oncol. 2019 Jul 12. pii: S1078-1439(19)30243-1. doi: 10.1016/j.urolonc.2019.06.014. [Epub ahead of print]

Tailoring survivorship to diverse populations with genitourinary malignancies.

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1
Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, CA; Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, San Francisco, CA. Electronic address: hala.borno@ucsf.edu.
2
Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, CA; Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA.

Abstract

Socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in genitourinary malignancies remain a critical problem. Variations in initial and subsequent treatments, including survivorship care, likely contribute to these disparities. While the prevalence of genitourinary cancer survivors continues to grow, heterogeneity in survivorship care threatens to increase disparities. Several social factors, such as insurance status, language, and geography, drive heterogeneity observed in survivorship care. Linguistically tailored, culturally relevant survivorship is an essential component of a multidisciplinary effort to address racial/ethnic disparities among patients with genitourinary malignancies. Survivorship care is an essential component of cancer treatment, however if it is not developed and tested among a diverse patient population, it can lead to a widening of disparities observed among patients with genitourinary malignancies.

KEYWORDS:

Cancer disparities; Genitourinary oncology; Survivorship care

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