This week in the British Journal of Cancer, researchers from the UK's universities of Aberdeen, Hull, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Stirling present results from a study of modifiable and fixed factors that predict quality of life for colorectal cancer patients. The researchers surveyed 496 such patients, and found that of the fixed factors, being female, having more self-reported co-morbidities, and the number of metastases at diagnosis significantly predicted lower quality of life.

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