Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved volume 21, issue 3, P913-930 2010 DOI: 10.1353/hpu.0.0331 View full text
Xianglin L. Du, Chih-Chin Liu

Abstract: To determine whether racial disparities persist in Medicare-insured elderly patients with head and neck cancer, we studied 7,480 patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer at age 65 or older in 1991-2002, identified from tumor registries maintained by the 16 areas participating in the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results program. Patients receiving cancer-directed surgery had significantly lower risks of both all-cause and disease-specific mortality than others; those with lower socioeconomic status we…

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