Accuracy of advanced cancer patients' life expectancy estimates: The role of race and source of life expectancy information Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • African Americans
  • European Continental Ancestry Group
  • Health Status Disparities
  • Life Expectancy
  • Neoplasms


  • The majority of advanced cancer patients have an inaccurate understanding of their life expectancy. Black patients with advanced cancer are more likely to have an inaccurate LEE than white patients. Medical providers are not the source of information for LEEs for most advanced cancer patients and especially for black patients. The source of LEEs does not explain racial differences in LEE accuracy. Additional research into the mechanisms underlying racial differences in prognostic understanding is needed. Cancer 2016;122:1905-12. © 2016 The Authors. Cancer published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of American Cancer Society. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.

publication date

  • June 15, 2016



  • Academic Article



  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC4892963

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/cncr.30001

PubMed ID

  • 27028270

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 1905

end page

  • 12


  • 122


  • 12