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Study Reveals Disparities in End-of-Life Care Among Ovarian Cancer Patients

Jason Harris
Published: Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Jolyn S. Taylor, MD

Jolyn S. Taylor, MD

Within the last 30 days of life, black and Latina women with ovarian cancer were less likely than white women to enroll in hospice care, according to results recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

The researchers evaluated a range of factors including:
  • Chemotherapy in the final 14 days of life
  • ICU admission in the final 30 days of life
  • More than 1 ER or hospital admission in the final 30 days of life
  • Invasive or life-extending procedures in the final 30 days of life
  • Enrollment in hospice
  • Enrollment in hospice during the final 3 days of life
  • Enrollment in hospice while not hospitalized


A sensitivity analysis confirmed that black women had increased odds for dying while not enrolled in hospice and for visiting the ER more than once and receiving a life-extending procedure in the final 30 days of life. Latina women were more likely to be admitted to the ICU during the final 30 days of life.
Taylor JS, Rajan SS, Zhang, et al. End-of-life racial and ethnic disparities among patients with ovarian cancer. J Clin Oncol [published online April 7, 2017]. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2016.70.2894.

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