The influence of Hispanic ethnicity on nonsmall cell lung cancer histology and patient survival

Cancer, 04/24/2012

The current study demonstrated that Hispanic–white patients with nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) had a decreased risk for overall mortality compared with non–Hispanic whites and blacks. Moreover, Hispanic patients were over represented within the BAC histologic subtype. Thus, the overall survival advantage of Hispanic NSCLC patients may be because of their predilection toward developing certain histologic subtypes of NSCLC. Further studies are warranted to determine the etiologies of such predilections and may reveal certain genetic, environmental, and/or epigenetic factors associated with Hispanic ethnicity.

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