Racial disparities in receipt and comparative effectiveness of oxaliplatin for stage III colon cancer in older adults

Cancer, 04/23/2012

In Medicare–insured patients receiving chemotherapy, the authors observed no meaningful racial disparities in receipt of oxaliplatin and, among those receiving it, potentially better survival among African Americans. Differential receipt and effectiveness of oxaliplatin–containing regimens does not appear to contribute to the previously documented racial disparities in colon cancer survival. Understanding reasons for potentially enhanced effectiveness among African Americans may inform efforts to resolve racial disparities in colon cancer outcomes.

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