Targeting Social and Economic Correlates of Cancer Treatment Appointment Keeping among Immigrant Chinese Patients
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- Gany, F., Ramirez, J., Chen, S. et al. J Urban Health (2011) 88: 98. doi:10.1007/s11524-010-9512-y
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Chinese immigrants have high rates of a variety of cancers and face numerous social and economic barriers to cancer treatment appointment keeping. This study is a nested cohort of 82 Chinese patients participating in the Immigrant Cancer Portal Project. Twenty-two percent reported having missed appointments for oncology follow-up, radiation therapy, and/or chemotherapy. Patients most commonly reported needing assistance with financial support to enable appointment keeping. Efforts to further address social and economic correlates in cancer care should be developed for this population.