African-Americans with Breast Cancer Skeptical of Post-Treatment Care, Survey Finds

African-Americans with Breast Cancer Skeptical of Post-Treatment Care, Survey Finds
African-American women who survive a breast cancer diagnosis face a variety of challenges, a new study reveals, beginning with a widespread distrust of the medical community. The study, “Post-treatment problems of African American breast cancer survivors,” published in the journal Supportive Care in Cancer, found that many African-Americans felt that the information they received was inferior to that given Caucasian breast cancer patients. The research team at the Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia is now working to create better care plans for the African-American breast cancer community, hoping to address the challenges reported in the study. It's first author, Andrea Barsevick, PhD, a registered nurse and a Professor in Medical Oncology and researcher at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson, noted that fewer African-American than Caucasian women survive for longer than five years after their breast cancer diagnosis — 79 versus 92 percent. "We wanted to explore whether the problems they experience after their first round of treatment might contribute to that disparity," said Barsevick in a news release. Researchers started by conducting eight focus groups, including 60 African-American women who had survived breast cancer, to get an idea of the challenges they experienced. It was here that the issue of medical mistrust came up, and it did so in all eight groups, showing that the
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