Lean Muscle Mass Helps Obese Cancer Patient Survival

by: cancercompass

A study of body compositions found lean muscle mass benefits obese cancer patients.

Lancet Oncology published the University of Alberta study, which found body composition played a direct role in survival rates, activity levels during illness and reaction to chemotherapy treatment.

Researchers studied the computed tomography images of 250 obese cancer patients. They found people with sarcopenic obesity, a depletion of lean muscle mass, paired with being severely overweight, shortened life spans by an average of 10 months.

Women who were obese, but had lean muscle mass fared better.

Study authors say their findings suggest the importance of taking body composition into account during cancer treatment.