Racial Disparities in Ovarian Cancer Treatment & Survival
A recent study found that Black patients with ovarian cancer continue to have worse survival outcomes, but the data suggests that adherence to treatment guidelines may not be the cause. This research was presented during the ASCO 2021 Annual Meeting (Abstract 5552). “Racial disparities exist in outcomes for many cancers, but ovarian cancer is one of the most striking,” noted study author Deanna Huffman, DO, of Allegheny Health Network. “It is important for us to direct research at why these disparities continue to exist so they can be appropriately addressed. “Past data has told us that Black patients may not be getting the same standard-of-care treatment as White patients, but we wanted to further investigate this theory using the most up-to-date survival data from the National Cancer Database,” she continued.