Overweight patients less receptive to chemo

September 15, 2008 7:53:49 AM PDT
Overweight patients who have operable breast cancer may be less likely than their normal-weight peers to achieve a complete response with chemotherapy.A new study involved 1,100 patients who were treated between 1990 and 2004.

The participants in the overweight and obese categories had a reduced likelihood of a complete response with chemotherapy.

Obese patients were also at greater risk for hormone-negative, stage three tumors and had worse overall survival four years later.

This study is published in the Journal of Oncology.