Patients deficient in vitamin D fare worse in battle with lymphoma

Sunshine vitamin may play protective role against common form of the blood cancer

By Nathan Seppa, 19:01 PM December 5, 2009

NEW ORLEANS — 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.

From 2002 to 2008, the researchers analyzed blood samples from 374 newly diagnosed patients with diffuse large B-c...

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