A study led by UNC Lineberger researchers determined that black women with advanced breast cancer were less likely to receive supportive care medications, like antidepressants and sleep aids, than white patients. They also were less likely to enroll in hospice care, and more likely to get intensive treatment at the end of their lives.
UNC Lineberger member Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, a researcher who investigates drug pricing and insurance policy issues, will present today to the President’s Cancer Panel, and advisory group to president.
University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers were in Chicago June 3-7 for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting.
A national health claims analysis of cancer patients who were younger than age 65 and had metastatic disease revealed that nearly two-thirds were admitted to the hospital or visited the emergency room in the last 30 days of their lives. The UNC Lineberger researchers, who presented the study outcomes at the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in Chicago, also found that nearly a third of patients died in the hospital.