Low survival rates for children with leukemia living on the Texas-Mexico border


TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2023 (HealthDay News) — For children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) but not acute myeloid leukemia (AML), living along the Texas-Mexico border is associated with survival, study finds Associated with declining rates. Available online on February 21st cancer.

Maria I. Castellanos, MD, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, and colleagues investigated the impact of border residence on survival in children with ALL and AML who lived near the Texas-Mexico border at diagnosis. Patients aged 0 to 19 who were diagnosed with ALL and AML between 1995 and 2017 were included in this study (6,002 of her and 1,279 of her, respectively). child).

Researchers found that children with ALL living in border areas had a lower 5-year overall survival rate compared to children living in non-border areas (77.5% vs. 85.8%). In the adjusted model, the risk of death for her ALL children living along the border was 30% higher than for children living in non-border areas. In contrast, we found no difference in survival estimates by border residents and non-border residents of children with AML.

“We observed marked survival disparities among children with leukemia living in border areas of Texas and Mexico,” the authors wrote. The impact highlights the importance of identifying at-risk geographic areas of the country.”

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