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Married Cancer Patients Have Better Outcomes

  In fact, for some cancers, the survival benefit associated with marriage is larger than the published survival benefit of chemotherapy, report the authors of a study that looked at the medical records of more than 700,000 cancer patients.

After adjustment for demographic characteristics, tumor and nodal stage, and the use of definitive therapy, married patients were significantly less likely to die from cancer than patients who had never married or were separated, divorced, or widowed (adjusted hazard ratio [HR], 0.80; P < .001). This association remained significant for all of the cancer types evaluated in the study

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