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Family Conflicts and Other Nonphysical Worries Before Cancer Surgery Raise Patients’ Complications

How well patients recover from cancer surgery may be influenced by more than their medical conditions and the operations themselves. Family conflicts and other nonmedical problems may raise their risk of surgical complications, a Mayo Clinic study has found. Addressing such quality-of-life issues before an operation may reduce patients stress, speed their recoveries, and save health care dollars, the research suggests. The study specifically looked at colon cancer patients, and found that patients with a poor quality of life were nearly 3 times likelier to face serious postoperative complications. The findings have been published in the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.

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