Possible Cancer-ME/CFS Link

Researchers from the National Cancer Institute led by Cindy M. Chang, PhD, MPH, have reported a study in the journal Cancer, “CCancer-coverFS and subsequent risk of cancer among elderly US adults.” They used a Medicare database to look for associations between CFS and cancer in people aged 66 and older. They conclude, “we observed an elevated risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) overall and for 2 defined NHL subtypes following a CFS diagnosis. These findings should be confirmed in another epidemiologic study. Chronic immune activation or an infection may play a role in explaining the observed association between CFS and NHL. Our study results support continued efforts to understand the biology of CFS.” They add the following caution, “We would also caution further against any direct interpretation or application of our results in a clinical setting. We could not estimate the absolute risk of NHL associated with CFS, but the risk is likely too small to affect the clinical management of patients with CFS.” (Cancer, May 30, 2012)

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