|August 18, 2021
|Exploring the Biological Basis of Ethnic and Social Disparities in Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Outcomes
|High Impact/High Risk
|Baylor College of Medicine
|Principal Investigator/Program Director
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is diagnosed in >3,000 children each year in the United States. It is the most common cancer in children and adolescents and the leading cause of death by disease in this population. Latino children and children from neighborhoods with low socioeconomic status are more likely to die from their disease. In a recent study of Texas children with ALL, we found that those in the poorest neighborhoods were 57% more likely to die from their disease than those in the wealthiest neighborhoods. However, the reasons for this are not clear, which makes it difficult for scientists, doctors, and policymakers to implement effective changes to improve outcomes for poor ...