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Fox Chase researcher shows diabetes, blood pressure link to colon cancer recurrence, survival

  • Posted: December 21, 2012

A retrospective analysis of more than 36,000 patients with colon cancer showed that those with early stage disease and diabetes or high blood pressure -- two components of metabolic syndrome -- have a greater risk for cancer recurrence and of dying compared to patients without either condition. The results suggest such patients may need to be followed more closely and could potentially benefit from wider use of additional chemotherapy.

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