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Distressing news in study of blacks with kidney cancer

Houston Chronicle, November 16, 2012

The most common form of kidney cancer is more deadly to black patients than whites, according to a new study led by a University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center researcher. According to one UTMB physician, part of the reason the cancer may be more deadly for black patients is that whites are more likely to receive surgical treatment. Dr. Bagi Jana, an associate professor at UTMB who is not involved in the study, explained that partial or radical nephrectomy — removing a kidney tumor or the entire organ — “is the treatment of choice.” As to why the chance of operation is less in a black patient? “We don't know,” Jana said. “Poor health is doubtful in young patients, so it could be access to care.”


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