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Disparities in breast cancer care linked to net worth

more important than income in gauging patient’s ability to afford treatment

Household net worth is a major and overlooked factor in adherence to hormonal therapy among patients and partially explains racial disparities in quality of care. The findings suggest that physicians, health insurers, and policy makers need to pay more attention to this economic variable to ensure that patients receive this potentially life-saving treatment. The study was published recently in the online issue of Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Disparities in Breast Cancer Care Linked to Net Worth
Household net worth more important than income in gauging patient’s ability to afford treatment.
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The paper is titled, “Household Net Worth, Racial Disparities, and Hormonal Therapy Adherence Among Women With Early-Stage Breast Cancer.” The other contributors are Jennifer Tsui, Jason D. Wright, , , and Alfred I. Neugut (all at CUMC).

The authors declare no financial or other conflicts of interest.

The study was funded by grants from the American Cancer Society (RSGT-11-012-01-CPHPS), a fellowship from the National Cancer Institute (R25 CA094061), and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Columbia University Medical Center