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Weight Bias in Cancer Treatment

Obese people are less likely to survive cancer, and one reason may be a surprising inequality: The overweight are under treated.

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- A study recently released shows that obese people are less likely to survive cancer, and one reason may be a surprising inequality: The overweight are under treated. Doctors often short them on chemotherapy by not basing the dose on size, as they should. They use ideal weight or cap the dose out of fear about how much treatment an obese patient can bear. Yet research shows that bigger people handle chemo better than smaller people do.

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