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November 21, 2007

Cancer Recurrence and Survival Associated With Dietary Patterns in Stage III Colon Cancer

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(19):2263. doi:10.1001/jama.298.19.2263-a

To the Editor: Dr Meyerhardt and colleagues1 presented data from the Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB) chemotherapy trial (CALGB 89803) indicating that dietary patterns were associated with differences in recurrence and survival in patients with colon cancer. Body mass, a rough integration of diet and activity, is a simpler end point to measure and is associated with increased incidence of colorectal adenomas and cancer.2,3 Body mass index (BMI; calculated as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared) is also associated with prognosis after adjuvant treatment.4

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