Is there a take-home message for patients?
No, said study lead author Voskoboynik. "Our analysis is relevant mainly to investigators studying the potential causes of deaths in patients with newly diagnosed cancer, particularly in the first few weeks after diagnosis," he said.
"Our research should not have any impact on a patient's decision with regards to having surgery for their cancer, as these procedures may be life-saving," he said.
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