Childhood Hodgkin's Survivors at Greater Stroke Risk

A new study out of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, researchers mined a database of childhood Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivors. From that database, researchers identified 1,926 people who had survived Hodgkin's more than five years after being diagnosed between 1970 and 1986.

Epstein-Barr Virus and Survival of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

The presence of Epstein-Barr virus in tumor cells is associated with better survival among young Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients and worse survival among older Hodgkin’s patients, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Family History of Blood Cancers and Risk of Lymphoma

An article in the latest issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute says a family history of hematopoietic malignancy (blood cancer) is associated with an increased risk of both Hodgkin's and Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Their conclusion was the increased risk of NHL and HL among individuals with a family history of hematopoietic malignancy was approximately twofold for both lymphoma types. More on Lymphoma and Genetics

Model Estimates Risk of Breast Cancer Among Survivors of Hodgkins Lymphoma

NCI reports that researchers have developed a model for estimating a woman's risk of developing breast cancer after being treated with large-field chest radiotherapy for Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL). Using the model, they determined that the cumulative absolute risk of breast cancer among female HL survivors increases with age at the end of follow-up, time since diagnosis, and radiation dose.

Cat Scan

Latest CAT Scan today shows I suffer from an acute hairball. :-)

But seriously, how do they make a cat drink all that yucky tasting oral contrast? Or use the barium contrast on the other end? Does the cat have to fast for a day?

Would a cat even stand all the banging and knocking in an MRI? Would ativan or catnip be needed?

So many questions! :-)

Protein thought to make cancer cells die appears to actively promote lymphoma

A protein previously thought to merely hinder the activity of a key cellular protein linked to cancer cell death, now appears to mimic the cellular signaling of that protein; potentially leading to the development of lymphoma. The findings, published in the Aug.

Depression, Fatigue Not Linked to Cancer

"Vital exhaustion" - the energy-draining combination of depression and fatigue - does not increase the risk of cancer, according to a large prospective study from Denmark. Although people who reported the most vital exhaustion exercised less and smoked more than their more energetic peers, they were still not at increased risk for any cancer, according to a study reported in the August 8 online edition of Cancer.

Using a PET Scan to Differentiate Between Indolent and Aggressive NHL

Researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York report in a new study that lower fluorodeoxyglucose uptake on PET imaging differentiates indolent from aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Fluorodeoxyglucose uptake was significantly higher in aggressive disease than all indolent lymphomas.

This gives doctors a new tool to stage patients and craft proper treatment protocols.

More Questions About Aspartame

WebMD reports an Italian study of rats links low doses of aspartame -- the sweetener in NutraSweet, Equal, and thousands of consumer products -- to leukemia and lymphoma. But food industry officials point out that many other studies have found no link between aspartame and cancer.

New Book on Lymphoma Diagnosis Methods

Humana Press has a new book out and I have had a chance to review it. Lymphoma: Methods and Protocols, edited by Illidge & Johnson is not a book for patients, but rather for medical professionals looking into cutting edge diagnostic methods.