Research: Higher BMI 'protects'

06 Jan 2020 - Research

People with a high body mass index in some cases have a better chance of surviving certain cancers, Flinders University research has found. Its study used clinical trials of atezolizumab — an immunotherapy treatment for non small-cell lung cancer — and found patients were more responsive if they had a higher body mass index. Study lead and medical oncology researcher Ganessan Kichenadasse said he found the result surprising because being overweight was more commonly associated with causing health problems. “This is an interesting outcome and it raises the potential to investigate further with other cancers and other anti-cancer drugs,” Dr Kichenadasse said.

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