Socio-demographic factors in the prognosis of oral cancer patients.

Abstract:

:The aim of this study was to determine the survival rate of oral cancer patients treated in a medical center in central Taiwan and to investigate whether socio-demographic factors influence their survival. We retrospectively reviewed 1010 chart records of oral cancer patients. Survival was analyzed by the Kaplan-Meier method and Cox proportional hazard model was used for investigating the relationship between socio-demographic factors and survival. The overall 5-year survival rate was 63.24%. Multivariate analysis revealed that those without religious belief tended to have higher probability of death than those who had religious belief (relative risk (RR): 2.057, p<0.001). In addition, those who were single, widow/widower or divorced/separated had a poorer prognosis than those who were married (RR: 1.528, p=0.008). Apart from clinical features, socio-demographic factors also significantly influenced the survival of oral cancer patients. Therefore, care providers should take socio-demographic issues into consideration aside from ordinary clinical health care.

journal_name

Oral Oncol

journal_title

Oral oncology

authors

Wong YK,Tsai WC,Lin JC,Poon CK,Chao SY,Hsiao YL,Chan MY,Cheng CS,Wang CC,Wang CP,Liu SA

doi

10.1016/j.oraloncology.2005.12.007

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2006-10-01 00:00:00

pages

893-906

issue

9

eissn

1368-8375

issn

1879-0593

pii

S1368-8375(05)00354-4

journal_volume

42

pub_type

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