Valeria Smith M.D. of Baylor College of Medicine Pediatrics, Texas Children's Hospital describes her poster presentation at the ASPHO Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada that provides a retrospective chart review about where pediatric cancer patients die.
As Dr Smith explains in this video, race and access to medical information may dictate where a child dies.
In the study, they identified 281 pediatric cancer patients who had died between January 2011 to March 2015. Of those, 140 (50%) died in the cancer center hospital while 8% (23 patients) died in inpatient hospice. Most patients (47%) had leukemia or lymphoma, 17% had brain tumors, 21% had solid tumors, and 15% had other diagnoses. Approximately one quarter of patients died without evidence of active disease and 42% were receiving curative treatment.
Smith V, Russell H, Hellsten M, Leeds HS. How do children with cancer die?: a retrospective chart review at a pediatric cancer center. Presented at ASPHO's 30th Annual Meeting; Montreal, Quebec; April 26-29, 2017.