Latest Research

Low-literacy Level Instructions and Reminder Calls Improve Patient Handling of Fecal Immunochemical Test Samples.
Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2018 Nov 29. pii: S1542-3565(18)31327-2. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2018.11.050. [Epub ahead of print] Wang, Andrew & Rachocki, Carly & A. Shapiro, Jean & B. Issaka, Rachel & Somsouk, Ma.

The fecal immunochemical test (FIT) is an alternative to colonoscopy and can increase overall screening for colorectal cancer (CRC). However, little is known about the frequency of and reasons for mishandled FIT samples.
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Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Cancer Survival: The Contribution of Tumor, Sociodemographic, Institutional, and Neighborhood Characteristics
Journal of Clinical Oncology   2017 Oct 16:JCO2017742049. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2017.74.2049. [Epub ahead of print]
Libby Ellis, Alison J. Canchola, David Spiegel, Uri Ladabaum, Robert Haile, and Scarlett Lin Gomez

Racial/ethnic disparities in cancer survival in the United States are well documented, but the underlying causes are not well understood. We quantified the contribution of tumor, treatment, hospital, sociodemographic, and neighborhood factors to racial/ethnic survival disparities in California.
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