What Disparities Exist in Treating Patients With Endometrial Cancer?
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What do endometrial cancer patients and advocates need to know about disparities? Expert Dr. Ebony Hoskins shares noted endometrial cancer disparities in care and how patients can take action to ensure their best care.
Dr. Ebony Hoskins is a board-certified gynecologic oncologist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and assistant professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at Georgetown University Medical Center.
“…I always think it’s important that patients feel that they’re heard by their providers or doctors, feel free to ask any questions and so having that or talking about…we are not going to be able to change the biology, right? But we can change our voice, and we can change making sure the patient is heard, making sure they have a comfortable relationship with their provider.”
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Dr. Hoskins, what are the noted disparities seen in endometrial cancer treatment, and what are some of the actions being taken to combat them?
Dr. Ebony Hoskins:
Well, I mean, first off, we know that Black women are diagnosed pretty much at the same rate as white women, but have a two times higher risk of death. And so that alone is a big disparity. We also see increased, I shouldn’t say increased, but more aggressive tumor types in Black women, and so we know that part. I think in terms of what we’re doing to combat it from a clinical trial standpoint, they, I think some of the clinical trials, have recognized that there is a low number of patients in these trials advancing and so there has been an increased effort in recruiting patients into these trials. I think there is more work being done, to understand the biology and why there’s a difference. Me as a provider I will always think, “Oh, it’s because women went to the doctor late or access to care.”
Dr. Ebony Hoskins:
And then I’m like, “Well, no, no, no these women have access to care. They have access to insurance. They went to the doctor right away.” And so I think it’s very complex and deserves more study into it. In terms of my activation tips, in terms of disparity, I always think it’s important that patients feel that they’re heard by their providers or doctors, feel free to ask any questions and so having that or talking about…we are not going to be able to change the biology, right? But we can change our voice, and we can change making sure the patient is heard, making sure they have a comfortable relationship with their provider. I think that is important.