December 8th, 2009

Patients deficient in vitamin D fare worse in battle with lymphoma

By Kelley Luckstein

A shortage of vitamin D may stack the deck against people fighting a common form of lymphoma, researchers reported December 5 at a meeting of the American Society of Hematology. The new study adds this cancer to the list of malignancies suspected of being more difficult to control in patients with vitamin D deficiency common in parts of the U.S. population…

 

Patients with low vitamin D concentrations were also about 50 percent more likely than the others to have their cancer worsen, says endocrinologist Matthew Drake of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who presented the findings.

 

Science News, by Nathan Seppa, 12/5/09

 

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Tags: Cancer, Hematology, lymphoma, vitamin D

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