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Terry Hyslop, David S. Weinberg, Stephanie Schulz, Alan Barkun and Scott A. Waldman Occult tumor burden contributes to racial disparities in stage-specific colorectal cancer outcomes Cancer 118

Article first published online: 1 SEP 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.26516

Clinicopathologic processes underlying established differences in survival in blacks compared with whites with lymph node-negative (pN0) colorectal cancer remain incompletely understood. This study reveals that these disparities are associated with differences in occult tumor burden quantified across the regional lymph node network, offering a molecular diagnostic paradigm to eliminate racial gaps in stage-specific mortality.

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