Colon Cancer Survival Among South Asian Americans: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of a National Dataset

Kaleem S. Ahmed, Clayton T. Marcinak, Noelle K. LoConte, John K. Krebsbach, Sehar S. Virani, Andrea M. Schiefelbein, Patrick Varley, Margaret Walker, Kulsoom Ghias, Muhammed Murtaza, Syed Nabeel Zafar

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Introduction: Colon cancer (CC) is one of the most common cancers among South Asian Americans (SAAs). The objective of this study was to measure differences in risk-adjusted survival among SAAs with CC compared to non-Hispanic Whites (NHWs) using a representative national dataset from the United States. Methods: A retrospective analysis of patients with CC in the National Cancer Database (2004-2020) was performed. Differences in presentation, management, median overall survival (OS), three-year survival, and five-year survival between SAAs and NHWs were compared. Kaplan–Meier analysis and multivariable Cox regression were used to assess differences in survival outcomes, adjusting for demographics, presentation, and treatments received. Results: Data from 2873 SAA and 639,488 NHW patients with CC were analyzed. SAAs were younger at diagnosis (62.2 versus 69.5 y, P < 0.001), higher stage (stage III [29.0% versus 26.2%, P = 0.001] or Stage IV [21.4% versus 20.0%, P = 0.001]), and experienced delays to first treatment (SAA 5.9% versus 4.9%, P = 0.003). SAAs with CC had higher OS (median not achieved versus 68.1 mo for NHWs), three-year survival (76.3% versus 63.4%), and five-year survival (69.1% versus 52.9%). On multivariable Cox regression, SAAs with CC had a lower risk of death across all stages (hazard ratio: 0.64, P < 0.001). Conclusions: In this national study, SAA patients with CC presented earlier in life with more advanced disease, and a higher proportion experienced treatment delay compared to NHW patients. Despite these differences, SAAs had better adjusted OS than NHW, warranting further exploration of tumor biology and socioeconomic determinants of cancer outcomes in SAAs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-281
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Surgical Research
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2024


  • Colon cancer
  • Disparities
  • National cancer database
  • Non-Hispanic Whites
  • South-Asian Americans


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