Not too surprising, as I seem to recall other studies that show better health overall for married than single people. While there is the caregiver aspect – getting to appointments, taking meds, other follow-up – there is also the emotional support and the why do I what to live aspect that I suspect is equally important. I certainly do not go through how I could go all of this without the constancy and love of my wife. Quote:
“Marital status appears to be an important independent predictor of survival in patients with locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer. The reason for this is unclear, but our findings suggest the importance of social support in managing and treating our lung cancer patients,” said Elizabeth Nichols, a radiation oncology who led the study.
“We believe that better supportive care and support mechanisms for cancer patients can have a greater impact on increasing survival than many new cancer therapy techniques,” she said. “Not only do we need to continue to focus on finding new drugs and cancer therapies, but also on ways to better support our cancer patients,”
A study of 440,000 Norwegian men and women, published last year, found that men who never married were 35 per cent more likely to die from cancer than married men. Never-married women were 22 per cent more likely to die of cancer than those who were married.