Hem/Onc Roundup: Black Women with Breast Cancer Have Double the Mortality Risk of White Women, and More

A new study from researchers at the University of Central Florida found the gap in breast cancer survival rates between Black and white women has improved over the past 25 years in the United States. However, Black women still face twice the risk of mortality compared to white patients.

Breast Cancer Survival Rates Have Improved Since 1990, But Racial Disparities Persist

Significant Toxicity with High-Dose Lymphoma Treatment in Older Patients

In other news, for older patients with lymphoma, a high-dose chemotherapy regimen followed by autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation, while feasible, was associated with significant toxicity. In a study, all patients aged ≥70 years experienced at least one grade ≥3 toxicity, with a median of three per patient.

Significant Toxicity Burden of High-Dose Chemo in Older Patients with Lymphoma

Study Finds a Link Between Heart Failure and Cancer

A study published in ESC Heart Failure suggests that heart failure may be associated with an increased risk of cancer. Over a quarter of patients with heart failure had been diagnosed with cancer over the 10-year observation period, compared with just 16.2% of patients without heart failure.

Study Finds a Link Between Heart Failure and Cancer

Lung Cancers Detected by LDCT at Reduced Risk of Brain Metasases

Patients with lung cancer detected using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening have a lower risk of developing brain metastases after diagnosis, according to a new study. “The reduction in brain metastases risk may be because of a potentially different tumor biology of the tumors detected by LDCT screening that are less aggressive and slow growing, which needs to be confirmed by further investigation,” said a study author.

Patients with Primary Lung Cancers Detected by LDCT at Reduced Risk of Brain Metasases