Oncologic outcomes in diabetic patients with colon cancer

Aakanksha Prasad, The University of Texas School of Public Health


Type II diabetes mellitus is a growing problem worldwide and although its association with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality is well known, its role in the development of cancer is now being further elucidated. Recently, there has been increasing evidence that not only are diabetics more susceptible towards development of particular types of cancer, but also have worse oncologic outcomes. This retrospective chart review investigates whether diabetics with colon cancer have a poorer prognosis than their nondiabetic counterparts. Patients with high risk Stage II and Stage III colon cancer who were diagnosed and/or treated at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center from 1/1/2000 till 12/1/2004 were included in our study. We carried out a survival analysis using Kaplan-Meier method and multivariable analysis to assess differences in outcomes of the two population groups. We found that the decreased overall survival in diabetics did not reach statistical significance but this could be due to a lower event rate in our study. Larger studies are required to investigate this further.

Subject Area

Surgery|Public health|Oncology

Recommended Citation

Prasad, Aakanksha, "Oncologic outcomes in diabetic patients with colon cancer" (2007). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1447159.