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Radiation for Childhood Cancer Might Raise Diabetes Risk
Date:8/24/2012

adiation therapy, particularly in children. Until now, the pancreas was one of the few organs not considered at risk of normal tissue complication in the French and the U.K. national guidelines for cancer radiation therapy," Dr. Florent de Vathaire of the Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health of the National Institute for Health and Medical Research, in France, said in a journal news release.

"Our findings indicate that the pancreas is an organ at risk during radiation therapy and has to be contoured when planning treatment, to ensure a radiation dose of as low as possible," de Vathaire concluded.

While the study uncovered an association between radiation therapy in childhood and diabetes later in life, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

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The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about the late effects of treatment for childhood cancer.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: The Lancet Oncology, news release, Aug. 22, 2012


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