June 1st 2005
Dr. McTiernan provides a comprehensive,thoughtful overviewof several studies thathave focused on obesity and cancer.She discusses the preponderance ofdata that have shown both a directrelationship between obesity and thedevelopment of cancer as well as adirect relationship between obesityand cancer recurrence. Although bothrelationships are clinically relevant,the latter is particularly important tocancer health-care providers. Today,more than ever before, cancer patientsare diagnosed early and treated effectively,thereby yielding a sizable cohortof cancer survivors and potentialcancer survivors. Understandingthe relationship between obesity oroverweight status and cancer recurrenceis now more timely than it hasever been.