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Lifestyle Factors Impact Survival of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma Patients

July 2010

A new study led by researchers from Mayo Clinic in collaboration with six other U.S. institutions has found that patients with non-Hodgkins lymphoma who smoked, consumed alcohol or were obese before their cancer diagnosis had poorer overall survival, compared to patients who did not have these risk factors. This association held after accounting for clinical and demographic factors, and also when considering only deaths due to this kind of lymphoma. These findings mirror conclusions found in three smaller studies, according to the studys lead investigator, James Cerhan, M.D., Ph.D., a Mayo cancer epidemiologist.