Dosing for Obesity New Chemotherapy Guidelines Linked to Body Weight

Beth Fand Incollingo @fandincollingo
Published: Friday, Oct 26, 2012
Martha Polovich

Martha Polovich, PhD, RN, AOCN®

In the course of an average day, a medical oncologist may have to break terrible news to several patients, telling them they have cancer, or that their disease has recurred.

Dr. Jennifer Griggs

Jennifer Griggs, MD, MPH

Many Patients Affected

Currently, up to 40% of obese cancer patients are given reduced chemotherapy doses, ASCO has said.2 Yet a 1996 study by Rosner, et al3 demonstrated that underdosing such patients by even 6% can compromise their chances of survival, noted Jennifer Griggs, MD, MPH, associate professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Health Management & Policy at the University of Michigan, and a member of the ASCO expert panel that drafted the guideline.

Dr. Gary Lyman

Gary Lyman, MD, MPH

“We felt as a society and as a panel that this was a guideline that was probably long overdue, and was going to become even more important because of the rising wave of obesity in patients we see in our clinic,” Lyman said. “Obese patients should have the same chance at curative treatment as healthy-weight individuals.”

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