Obesity and Cancer Treatment
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Recent research indicates that obese cancer patients are likely to be undertreated with chemo: some 40% of the obese get less than 85% of the chemo dose they need, based upon their actual body weight.
Why? Apparently many doctors don't realize that the chemo dose can't be standardized, based upon an "ideal" body weight.
And even among those who do, some doctors are simply concerned that the obese are often less fit, so less able to sustain the rigours of a full chemo regime based upon the right amount for their body weight.
When we combine this research with the research indicating that many cancers are triggered by excess weight . . . it's clear that cancer and obesity can be a "double whammy".
I certainly know that many of the patients I encountered at my oncology clinic were obese and overweight. And in my own case, the major motivator for maintaining weight loss is my recognition that an estrogen-based breast cancer is more likely to recur if I permit myself to become obese again.
As ONEKIDSMOM points out in her great blog today, we need to be partners in our health care with our health care providers. That's the conversation we need to have!!