Navigation Links
Radiation May Raise Stroke Risk After Hodgkin's
Date:6/17/2009

Expert urges use of alternative to 'toxic' treatment,,

WEDNESDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) -- Hodgkin's lymphoma survivors who are treated with radiation therapy have a greatly increased risk of stroke and transient ischemic attack, also called a "mini-stroke," new research has found.

Flora E. van Leeuwen and colleagues at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam studied 2,201 people with Hodgkin's lymphoma who had been treated before age 51 and had survived at least five years after their diagnosis.

After a median follow-up of 18 years, the researchers found that they were 2.2 times more likely to suffer a stroke and 3.1 times more likely to experience a transient ischemic attack (TIA) than people in the general population. Radiation to the head and neck was associated with this increased risk, but not chemotherapy.

"For young survivors of Hodgkin's lymphoma, who are at especially increased risk of stroke and TIA, physicians should consider appropriate risk-reducing strategies, such as treatment of hypertension and lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of stroke and TIA," van Leeuwen and colleagues wrote.

The study appears online June 17 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

The findings contribute to the "already overwhelming evidence that radiation therapy in Hodgkin's disease is shortsighted," Dr. Dan L. Longo, of the U.S. National Institute on Aging, wrote in an accompanying editorial.

"Unfortunately, given the lifelong 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," Longo added. "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 to 20 years."

More information

The American Cancer Society outlines treatments for Hodgkin's lymphoma.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, news release, June 17, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Reduced-Radiation Heart Scans Dont Compromise on Quality
2. NASA Selects Four Proposals to Study Space Radiation Risks
3. External beam partial breast irradiation most cost-effective treatment
4. IAEA calls for enhanced radiation protection of patients
5. OHSU Knight Cancer Institute to study new radiation technology for head, neck cancer
6. Study examines radiation dose estimates for pregnant women undergoing therapeutic ERCP
7. Radiation device in the breast reduces complications for early stage breast cancer patients
8. Majority of ordering physicians lack knowledge of radiation exposure risks from CT
9. Educating physicians about ventilation-perfusion scanning leads to reduced radiation exposure
10. Pediatric patient body shape may play a key role in decreasing radiation dose during CT scans
11. Excluding the lateral view in chest radiograph screenings decreases radiation exposure by 67 percent
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Radiation May Raise Stroke Risk After Hodgkin's
(Date:2/22/2017)... , ... February 22, 2017 , ... Gevir, a New ... antler velvet, announced its products are coming soon to Amazon.com, the world’s largest online ... Thomson as a means to develop an effective natural treatment for Shelley’s Multiple Sclerosis, ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... February 22, 2017 , ... ... treatment to the thousands of individuals who have recently fallen victim to America’s opioid ... in Orange County, California, where they are free from the shame, stigma, and ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... February 22, 2017 , ... The National Academy of Certified ... the April 2017 testing period. NACCM, a nonprofit organization, has provided the premier ... exam is periodically re-calibrated to ensure that newly certified professionals are prepared to ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... February 22, 2017 , ... Giving patients with diabetes customized ... room, fewer hospital admissions, and better blood pressure and glycemic control, a ... study can be found here . , The study comes as health ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... February 22, 2017 , ... In a 2012 survey, over ... not filling a prescription because they could not afford to pay for it. ... were 30-60%*. At the same time, hospitals, pharmacies, manufacturers and nursing ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/23/2017)... , Feb. 23, 2017 ... clinical-stage oncology drug development company, announces that it ... Drug Administration (FDA) authorizing the initiation a Phase ... treatment for pancreatic cancer. MVT-1075 ( 177 Lu-CHX-A?-DTPA-HuMab5B1) ... (RIT). MabVax plans to initiate the phase I ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... VANCOUVER, British Columbia , Feb. 23, ... ) today announced its year end 2016 financial results.  ... January 2017, OncoGenex, and Achieve Life Science, Inc., a privately ... into a definitive merger agreement under which OncoGenex will ... the proposed merger, Achieve,s stockholders are expected to own ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... 2017 This report analyzes analyzes the worldwide markets for ... comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada , ... Asia-Pacific , Latin America ... provided for the period 2015 through 2022. Also, a six-year ... analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: