Greater Risks for Cancer Patients with Diabetes


April 9, 2010

 The New York Times

People with diabetes are at increased risk for developing some cancers, and are more likely than nondiabetics to die of cancer. Now a study reports that they also have a higher risk of dying in the weeks just after cancer surgery.

The analysis of 15 earlier studies encompassed about 60,000 patients, both with and without diabetes, who underwent surgery for cancers of the colon, esophagus, liver, lung, stomach, pancreas and prostate. It found that the patients with pre-existing diabetes were 50 percent more likely than nondiabetic patients to die within a month of surgery, regardless of the type of cancer... read more