Surgical Oncology News

This section features a sampling of news related to surgical oncology from the popular press, from press releases received, or SSO news directly pertinent to SSO members.

Underlying health affects melanoma

Author: Nissa Simon, AARP Bulletin
Date:
Oct 25, 2011

People's underlying health - not their age - has a bigger effect on how well they'll do after a diagnosis of advanced skin cancer, a new study finds.

People who are frail and in poor health, even if they are young, do worse than older people in good health, say researchers with the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Health experts say the study could lead to better ways to treat other illnesses as well.

The new results differ from previous research that had linked older age to poorer outcomes in melanoma.

"We underestimate the role played by the patient's health, yet our results show that the body's ability to fight the disease is more important than age," says surgeon Michael Sabel, M.D., [SSO member] lead author of the paper.

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