Aik-Choon Tan stood outside a hospital room in Baltimore five years ago feeling helpless. The 28-year-old computer scientist was devoting his career to developing complex algorithms to help ferret out the workings of cancer genes. Yet, his work meant nothing to the four-year-old girl inside who was dying of cancer.
Study finds that death within a month of cancer diagnosis is more likely in very young children and those from minority racial and ethnic groups even independent of low socioeconomic status. Also the rate of early deaths has been previously under-reported, with early deaths from some subtypes up to four times as common as had been implied by clinical trial reports.