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Hodgkin lymphoma survivors have increased risk of stroke and transient ischemic attack
Date:6/17/2009

ts in the study, but notes a weakness, in that the relationship of stroke to radiation doses was not examined.

According to Longo, results of this study should affect a physician's choice of primary treatment. "Unfortunately, given the life-long increased risks of late effects that have been documented from the use of radiation therapy, we simply cannot keep exposing patients to risk without clear benefit while we wait for safety data to be produced," he writes. "With an alternative therapy at hand that is just as effective, it is simply unjustified to keep using a toxic modality for the next 10-20 years"


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