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Persisting disparities in pancreatic cancer care

Presented By
Prof. Susan Tsai, Medical College of Wisconsin, WI, USA

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Conference
ASCO GI 2022
Disparities in pancreatic cancer care are persistent and have an impact on the health outcomes of underserved patients. Physician/surgeon bias, underrepresentation of certain subgroups in clinical trials, and lack of access to high-volume hospitals may be factors that drive these disparities. In addition, precision medicine may exacerbate the observed health inequalities [1]. Prof. Susan Tsai (Medical College of Wisconsin, WI, USA) explained that health disparities in pancreatic cancer surgery are persistent. “Patients who are White, insured, and have a high socioeconomic status (SES) are more likely to receive pancreatic surgery than their counterparts. Moreover, patients who live in an urban environment are more likely to receive surgery than those who live in a rural setting.” It has been demonstrated that the mortality rate following pancreatic surgery performed in high-volume hospitals (approximately 20 per year) is significantly lower than sur...


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