Socioeconomic and health care coverage disparities in children, adolescents, and young adults with sarcoma

By Westermann C, Weller J, Pedroso F, et al
Published September 17, 2020

Key Takeaways

Researchers undertook this retrospective cohort analysis to investigate the link between socioeconomic status (SES), insurance status, and disease presentation in children and adolescents and young adults (AYA) patients suffering from sarcoma. Using the National Cancer Database, patients aged 0‐25 years with bone or soft tissue sarcoma were selected. This study involved a cohort of 9,112 patients. More chance of having metastatic disease and tumors ≥5 cm was observed in patients with low SES vs high SES. Metastatic disease and increased tumors ≥5 cm were observed in relation to public and no insurance vs private insurance. Overall, findings demonstrated the presence of SES disparities among children and AYA patients suffering from sarcoma. Advanced disease at presentation was noted in relation to low SES and public or no insurance.

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