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MabThera Significantly Extends Survival And Cures More Patients,With Aggressive Lymphoma Than Chemotherapy Alone

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Further Information: - Roche in Oncology: www.roche.com/pages/downloads/company/pdf/mboncology05e_b.pdf - Lymphoma: www.lymphoma-net.org - The Lymphoma Coalition: www.lymphomacoalition.org - Cancer: www.health-kiosk.ch/start_krebs.htm - World Health Organization: www.who.int

Note to editors: (1) Coiffier, ASCO, TBD (2) Ferlay J, Bray F, Pisani P and Parkin D.M. GLOBOCAN 2002; Cancer Incidence, Mortality and Prevalence Worldwide IARC CancerBase No. 5, version 2.0 IARCPress, Lyon, 2004.

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