TUESDAY, April 26 (HealthDay News) -- White patients with lung
or colorectal cancer are less willing than patients of other races
or ethnicities to use up their personal financial resources to
prolong their life, a new study finds.
U.S. researchers analyzed data from 4,214 participants in the
Cancer Care Outcomes Research and Surveillance study of patients
with newly diagnosed lung or colorectal cancer.
The patients were interviewed about various aspects of their
care, including their willingness to deplete their personal
financial resources for life-prolonging treatment rather than
receive less costly treatment that would not extend their lives as
Those who said they would spend all their money to live longer
included 80 percent of black patients, 72 percent of Asians, 69
percent of Hispanics and 54 percent of whites.
After researchers accounted for factors such as income, disease
stage, quality of life, patients' age, patients' perceived time
left to live and other medical illnesses, the researchers
determined that black patients were 2.4 times more likely than
whites to say they'd exhaust their personal finances to extend
Hispanic and Asian patients were also less inclined to spend all
of their money than blacks, but more likely than whites to do
The study appears online April 26 in the journal
Further research is needed to determine the reasons for these
differences among the races, said Michelle Martin of the University
of Alabama at Birmingham and colleagues in a journal news release.
Learning more about this issue may lead to cancer care that
consistently reflects patient values and preferences, they
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