Paul Nguyen, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (image) Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Caption Paul Nguyen, M.D., and colleagues found that people who are married when diagnosed with cancer live longer than those who are not. Married patients also tended to have cancers diagnosed at an earlier stage -- when it is often more successfully treated -- and to receive more appropriate treatment. The findings suggest that the availability of social support when facing a serious illness may improve outcomes. Credit Sam Ogden, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Usage Restrictions None Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.