Sprehn, Joanna E. Chambers, Andrew J. Saykin, Andre Konski, and Peter A. S. Johnstone. Tumor; Published Online: August 24, 2009 ; Print Issue Date: November 1, 2009.. Cancer patients who all get separated at the time of diagnosis face low survival rates Among unmarried cancer patients, those people who are separated at the proper time of diagnosis usually do not live as long as widowed, divorced, rather than married patients. That is the conclusion of a new study to be published in the November 1, 2009 issue of Tumor, a peer-examined journal of the American Malignancy Culture. The authors of the study say its results claim that the stress associated with marital separation may compromise an individual’s immune system and lead to a greater susceptibility to cancer.The authors further present these data may explain why women with breast cancer diagnosed up to 5 years after pregnancy are at greater risk of developing metastases. This work also highlights an important shift in thinking about what influences cancers to metastasize: the move from learning particular gene mutations to learning the tumor environment. The concentrate on the tumor environment, or stroma, has been attaining strength in recent years, as detailed in the commentary by Sonnenschein and Soto. Labmatrix connects data collected in clinical research to data uncovered in analysis laboratories, creating a richly-annotated research platform including a full-featured biobanking capability.