Navigation Links
Radiation May Raise Stroke Risk After Hodgkin's

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:
Related Image:
Radiation May Raise Stroke Risk After Hodgkin's
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... , ... Scott Newman MD, FACS of New York’s Advanced ... in the New York City area to utilize the new, non-invasive SculpSure™ Laser ... treatment for fat loss in the abdomen, flanks, and other areas that is ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 30, 2015 , ... GKhair & ... of the San Juan Beauty Show held on November 8th and 9th at the ... by media personalities, hair artists, renowned beauticians and top of the line fashion journalists. ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 30, ... ... ), a leading provider of enterprise Time and Attendance/Workforce Management cloud-based ... in the Microsoft Partner Program with competencies in the Application Development, demonstrating ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , ... November 30, 2015 ... ... Inc. are pleased to announce their strategic partnership at the Radiological Society ... Transcription Service, Inc., and Winscribe, global providers of cutting-edge dictation and speech-enabled ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... dealer. Joining more than 30 HealthPostures’ dealers located throughout the United States, is ... the number of corporate, industrial, manufacturing and government workers and organizational leaders that ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/30/2015)... Nov. 30, 2015 Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ... the development of oral drug delivery systems, announced today ... at up to $50,000,000 with Hefei Tianhui Incubator of Technologies Co., Ltd. ... capsule, ORMD-0801, in China , ... . The agreements were signed at the Israel ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... 30, 2015 Cumberland Pharmaceuticals (CPIX), today announced that ... on December 3, 2015. TIME: 3:15p.m. ET ... ET LINK: --> DATE: ... --> --> ... are invited to ask the company questions in real-time - ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN ) and ... today jointly announced a new integrated set of clinical ... College of Radiology,s (ACR) Imaging 3.0™ tools to enable ... current and emerging value-based payment models . ... clinical decision support, radiology reporting and image sharing technology ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: