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Public Health


Angela W. Prehn


Jamaican males are a high-risk population for aggressive prostate cancer (PrCa) due to genetic influences, and identifying empirical data on treatments, which provide survival benefits is a prime challenge for clinicians who manage Jamaican PrCa patients. Thus, the purpose of this investigation was to elucidate treatment effects of brachytherapy and ERBT in the survival of a Jamaican PrCa cohort. Differences in survival outcomes of brachytherapy and ERBT treated Jamaican, and White U.S.-born PrCa patients with localized PrCa were compared. The mechanism of radiation programmed cell death in PrCa carcinogenesis explained in the oxidative stress theory, was the theoretical base for interpreting the research questions. A retrospective cohort design was used, and included survival analysis of secondary data from the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results database. The sample size was 10,752 Jamaican and White U.S.-born prostate cancer patients diagnosed between 1992 and 2011. Kaplan-Meier and Cox proportional hazard regression models confirmed that brachytherapy resulted in enhanced survival benefits to the Jamaicans, HR 0.63, 95% CI [0.55, 0.73], p < .001, but ERBT did not, HR 1.6, 95% CI [1.38, 1.84] p < .001. Hence, brachytherapy may be an appropriate treatment option for Jamaican PrCa patients. Clinicians and health care planners can utilize the results for policy decisions aimed at increasing access to brachytherapy treatments to Jamaicans. Improving access to efficient PrCa treatments could reduce the morbidity and mortality rates of PrCa among Jamaicans, decrease years of potential life lost from PrCa, and enhance the life expectancy of the Jamaican male population.