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Every patient is unique: Individualized therapies for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
Date:6/16/2008

radioactive medications to treat non-Hodgkin's lymphoma patients who have relapsed after treatment or for those with slow-growing forms of the disease such as follicular lymphoma. While there have been studies to investigate the usefulness of PET in patients with lymphoma and research into the effectiveness of radioimmunotherapy, no data were available regarding the role of PET in determining whether patients would be good candidates for IT.

In their study, Fanti and his team examined 38 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma patients who were treated with IT after a relapse. PET scans were taken before IT treatment and then three months after treatment began. All patients had a final assessment at six months using clinical data.

Results indicated that the first set of PET scans detected the relapse and extent of the disease in all of the patients. At the six-month follow up, 89 percent of the patients were either in complete or partial remission after the IT treatment. Comparison of PET data on the extent of patients' disease at relapse and their response after three months indicated a higher rate of response to the treatment in patients whose cancer was limited. In all of the cases, the findings of the PET scans at three months were consistent with the clinical findings at six months.


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