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MORE DIABETES CONSEQUENCES

ANCHOR LEAD: AMONG THE RANGE OF PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH DIABETES MAY BE AN INCREASED RISK FOR DEATH FOLLOWING CANCER SURGERY, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

People with diabetes who must have surgery for cancer are more likely to die in the following 30 days than their counterparts without diabetes, a Johns Hopkins study led by Hsin-Chieh Yeh has found.

YEH: Our research suggests diabetes patients, their oncologist and their surgeon, should be aware of this increased risk and pay additional attention to the cancer care.  So we suggest diabetes is very important  before, during and after cancer surgery and should be part of the pre-surgery discussion and should be part of the cancer care.    :29

Yeh says the study doesn’t identify why those with diabetes are at increased risk of death but one likely culprit is infection, since diabetes is a well-known risk factor for infection and infection related mortality in those with the condition.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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