Marriage Helps with Cancer

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    New research shows that cancer patients who are married have better outcomes than singles or those who are widowed due to the spousal support.

    New research from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that married cancer patients have better outcomes than their single or widowed counterparts.  Unmarried cancer patients were 17% more likely to have cancer spread beyond its original site, and 53% less likely to receive the appropriate therapy. Researchers suspect it’s due to the social support that spouses offer by accompany patients to visits and making sure they understand and follow doc’s orders.  They say it means that, despite marriage, anyone who is there for a friend or loved one with cancer can make a real difference in that person’s outcome.