Racial and ethnic disparities in gastric cancer outcomes: More important than surgical technique?

Shaila J. Merchant, Lily Li, Joseph Kim

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Abstract

Racial and ethnic disparities in cancer care are major public health concerns and their identification is necessary to develop interventions to eliminate these disparities. We and others have previously observed marked disparities in gastric cancer outcomes between Eastern and Western patients. These disparities have long been attributed to surgical technique and extent of lymphadenectomy. However, more recent evidence suggests that other factors such as tumor biology, environmental factors such as Helicobacter pylori infection and stage migration may also significantly contribute to these observed disparities. We review the literature surrounding disparities in gastric cancer and provide data pertaining to potential contributing factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11546-11551
Number of pages6
JournalWorld Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume20
Issue number33
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 7 2014

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Keywords

  • Disparities
  • Ethnicity
  • Gastric adenocarcinoma
  • Gastric cancer
  • Race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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