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Journal of Cancer Epidemiology
Volume 2010, Article ID 824691, 10 pages
Research Article

Socioeconomic Impacts on Survival Differ by Race/Ethnicity among Adolescents and Young Adults with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

1Department of Epidemiology, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697-7550, USA
2CHOC Children's Hospital, Orange, CA 92868-3874, USA
3Genetic Epidemiology Research Institute, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697-7550, USA
4Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697-7550, USA

Received 13 January 2010; Accepted 15 April 2010

Academic Editor: Qingyi Wei

Copyright © 2010 Erin E. Kent et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Shorter survival has been associated with low socioeconomic status (SES) among elderly non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) patients; however it remains unknown whether the same relationship holds for younger patients. We explored the California Cancer Registry (CCR), to investigate this relationship in adolescent and young adult (AYA) NHL patients diagnosed from 1996 to 2005. A case-only survival analysis was conducted to examine demographic and clinical variables hypothesized to be related to survival. Included in the final analysis were 3,489 incident NHL cases. In the multivariate analyses, all-cause mortality (ACM) was higher in individuals who had later stage at diagnosis ( ) or did not receive first-course chemotherapy ( ). There was also a significant gradient decrease in survival, with higher ACM at each decreasing quintile of SES ( ). Overall results were similar for lymphoma-specific mortality. In the race/ethnicity stratified analyses, only non-Hispanic Whites (NHWs) had a significant SES-ACM trend ( ). Reduced overall and lymphoma-specific survival was associated with lower SES in AYAs with NHL, although a significant trend was only observed for NHWs.