Race May Affect Quality of Prostate Cancer Surgical Care
The National Urban League Wire
Published: Wed. Aug 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Updated: Wed. Aug 29, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Comments: 0

Philly.com: Race May Affect Quality of Prostate Cancer Surgical Care 

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TUESDAY, Aug. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Black prostate cancer patients may receive lower-quality surgical care than white patients, according to a new study.

Researchers analyzed the medical records of nearly 106,000 prostate cancer patients who underwent radical prostatectomy (removal of the prostate) in Florida, Maryland and New York state between 1996 and 2007.

Previous studies have found that prostate cancer patients who are treated at high-volume hospitals by surgeons who perform many prostatectomies have better outcomes and a lower risk of death.

This study found that black men were 33 percent less likely to have a high-volume surgeon and 27 percent less likely to be treated in a high-volume hospital, compared to white men. Black patients also had a higher rate of blood transfusion, longer hospital stays and were more likely to die in the hospital.

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