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DIABETES AND CANCER SURGERY

ANCHOR LEAD:  FOLKS WITH DIABETES WHO UNDERGO SURGERY FOR CANCER ARE AT INCREASED RISK, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

People with cancer who require surgery are at increased risk for death in the subsequent month if they also have diabetes, a Johns Hopkins study led by Hsin-Chieh Yeh has found.

YEH: We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis from 15 previous published studies to look at if diabetes increased the risk of post-operative mortality in patients who undergo cancer surgery.  We found that diabetes increased the post-operative mortality by fifty percent, compared to cancer patients without diabetes.     :25

Yeh says that when someone finds out they have cancer the focus is largely on the treatment of the cancer and other conditions, such as diabetes, may seem less important.  But this study illustrates the need to assess health as a whole and not view any health condition in isolation.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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