Introduction: While individual-level measures of socioeconomic status have been well-studied in relation to ovarian cancer survival, no studies to date have examined both state and national-level Area Deprivation Indices (ADIs), which incorporate neighborhood affluence and resources.
Methods: We abstracted clinical data from medical records for ovarian cancer cases from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and obtained ADIs from the Neighborhood Atlas®. Associations with clinical characteristics were assessed with Spearman correlations and Kruskal-Wallis tests; associations with progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) were assessed with Cox proportional-hazards regression.
Results: Among 184 cases, state and national ADIs were highly correlated, but not related to any cancer characteristics. In multivariable adjusted regression models, both were significantly associated with OS; each decile increase in state or national ADI corresponded to a 9 % or 10 % greater risk of death, respectively.
Conclusions: Increasing area-level deprivation may negatively impact ovarian cancer survival.
Keywords: Ovarian neoplasms; Prognosis; Socioeconomic factors; Survival.
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