Article Correctness Is Author's Responsibility: Unmarried Patients Less Likely to Survive Cancer as Bias Drives Treatments

Newswise imageUnmarried patients with cancer are less likely to get potentially life-saving surgery or radiotherapy than their married counterparts, raising the concern that medical providers may be relying on stereotypes that discount sources of social support other than a current spouse. That's the conclusion reached by the University of Delaware's Joan DelFattore, a professor emerita who combined her personal experience as an unmarried patient with her skills as a researcher to publish a peer-reviewed article in the latest issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.