Obesity may lower survival rate of esophageal cancer patients

12/27/2011 | U.S. News & World Report

A study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology showed that obese people who were surgically treated for esophageal cancer had a five-year survival rate of 18%, compared with 36% among those with normal weight. "I did not typically speak to my patients about excess body weight as part of their care, because we are more often concerned about weight loss and maintaining proper nutrition, but that may change," said Dr. Harry Yoon, the lead researcher.

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