Reminding that patients are generally advised to reduce their ideal weight, Anadolu Medical Center Medical Oncology Specialist Prof. Dr. Serdar Turhal said, "It was reported that patients with 5 percent weight loss in the first two years, especially in early stage breast cancer patients with both receptors positive, had a worse overall disease course compared to patients without weight loss or gaining weight."
Anadolu Medical Center Medical Oncology Specialist Prof. Dr. Serdar Turhal said, “This study was a study from Canada, and patients from Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States were also included in this study,” said Serdar Turhal.
Unintentional weight loss can be a predictor of the negative course of cancer.
Emphasizing that the biggest limitation of this study is whether patients who lose weight intentionally or unintentionally, Medical Oncology Specialist Prof. Dr. Serdar Turhal gave the following information about the details of the research: “Unwanted weight can be a predictor of the negative course of cancer. In the study, information was collected on 8381 patients. Of these patients, 2 percent were considered under their ideal weight, 45 percent were at normal weight, 32 percent were overweight, and 20 percent were considered to be overweight or obese. Patients who were initially obese had a worse outcome, but this information is not surprising. The most surprising information was that the prognosis of patients who lost more than 2 percent weight in the 5 years of follow-up was worse, and this information emphasizes the importance of informing dieticians after diagnosis of breast cancer patients.
So what to do when you lose weight unintentionally? Prof. Dr. Serdar Turhal said, "If the patients are losing weight unintentionally, the follow-up appointments should be delayed and the repetition of the tests required for cancer recurrence should be considered."