Population-based evaluation of disparities in survival of lung cancer patients in Alberta, Canada

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    Khan, Mohammad KA
  • Lung cancer patients of Alberta have lower relative survival compared to their counterparts in Manitoba, British Columbia and Ontario. We conducted two population-based cancer mortality studies to explore the underlying reasons. The first study assessed disparities in mortality across five zones of Alberta and compared them to the level of disparities between blacks and whites in the US cancer registries. The degree of the two disparities were similar, but more advanced stages at diagnosis, presumably due to diagnosis delays, was partly responsible for the disparities in the US but not in Alberta. The second study assessed geographical disparity in mortality among non-small-cell lung cancer patients across five zones of Alberta, with and without taking treatment effects into consideration, and estimated variation by oncologist. Treatment variation across zones was observed and this variation was associated with differences in mortality. Patient mortality varied greatly by oncologist.

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    Master of Science
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