Northside Hospital publishes research findings characterizing breast cancer recurrence patterns among racial groups

Posted on: February 15, 2017


In collaboration with colleagues at Georgia State University and Emory University Hospital, Dr. Guilherme Cantuaria, MD, PhD, recently published findings of a study that analyzed rates and patterns of tumor recurrence after hormone, radiation, and chemotherapy among African American (AA) and European American (EA) breast cancer patients. The findings were published January 13, 2017, in the journal PLoS One (PLoS One. 2017;12(1):e0170095. doi: 10.1371/ journal.pone.0170095).

A database of more than 10,000 breast cancer patients treated at Northside Hospital from 2005 to 2015 was examined to better understand disparities in clinical outcomes among ethnic groups. Findings of the study revealed notable distinctions in recurrence patterns among EA and AA patients, including considerably higher rates of disease recurrence as well as severity of recurrence in AA patients compared to EA patients. These results further advocate race as a crucial risk factor to consider in the clinic for recurrence and related treatment decisions.

Dr. Cantuaria is the Chair of the Gynecologic Oncology Steering Committee at Northside Hospital Cancer Program and Principal Investigator of the Georgia NCI Community Oncology Research Program (GA NCORP).

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