Meeting non-medical needs ahead of operations can aid recovery, cut health care costs, study suggests How well patients recover from cancer surgery may be influenced by more than their medical conditions and the operations themselves.

Family conflicts and other non-medical 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 three times likelier to face serious postoperative complications.

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