Cancer Patients with Obesity Undertreated

September 24th, 2013 by MorganDowney Leave a reply »

The Washington Post carries an article today on physicians under-treating cancer patients with obesity by giving lower doses of chemotherapy than appropriate for their weight. A recent paper in Nature by Lyman and  Sparreboom highlighted the problem. The American Society of Clinical Oncology has issued new guidelines urging full, weight-based doses for persons with obesity. This problem is not unique to chemotherapy by any means. An article by 10 FDA scientists in 2011 found “specific dosing recommendations for these (obese) patients are often absent in drug product labels.”