Obese Women Breast Cancer Recurrence

March 23, 2012 by staff 

Obese Women Breast Cancer Recurrence, Overweight and obese breast cancer patients are at increased risk for recurrence of the disease, a new study finds.

The findings — which held true even though chemotherapy doses were adjusted for weight — provide further evidence that lifestyle factors can influence cancer patient outcomes, according to Dr. Jennifer Ligibel, a medical oncologist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, and an associate professor at Harvard Medical School.

She and her colleaguesanlyzed data collected from 1,909 breast cancer patients. Of those women, about 1 percent were underweight, 33 percent were normal weight, 33 percent were overweight and 33 percent were obese.

The researchers examined the link between body-mass index (a measure of body fat based on weight and height) and relapse-free survival and overall survival. The findings are slated for presentation Friday at the European Breast Cancer Conference in Vienna.

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