New Jersey Senator diagnosed with lymphoma

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The office of United States Senator Frank Lautenberg, an 86 year old Democrat from New Jersey, announced on Friday that the congressman has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and is receiving treatment at a New York City area hospital. The announcement said the Senator's diagnosis was of a 'B-cell lymphoma of the stomach' but it wasn't any more specific than that with regard to subtype.

Since the Senator was recently treated for a bleeding ulcer, it would suggest that he has been diagnosed with MALT lymphoma, since both are caused by the bacteria Helicobacter pylori. However, the announcement said his treatment has included chemotherapy every three weeks, while MALT lymphoma is generally treated with antibiotics, not chemotherapy.

According to the statement, the Senator is expected to make a full recovery.

By Ross Bonander

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