Skip Navigation Links
 



                     


 



   
    Learn More     Subscribe    
Join Now!      Login
 
 
 
FREE HEALTH
NEWSLETTER
 
 
America's Worst Enemy Quiz
What is the leading cause of death in the United States?
 
 
 
 
W
hat Doctors Don't Tell You
 
HODGKIN'S DISEASE: Treating one cancer might just start another

© What Doctors Don't Tell You (Issue 198)

The old medical joke that 'the treatment was a success, but the patient died' warrants a hollow laugh at best; it's too often near the truth.

Take, as an example, the treatment of Hodgkin's disease (HD), considered to be one of the great medical successes of the 20th century. Fifty years ago, the patient survived only for a couple of years, but today, the five-year survival rate has risen to 85 per cent.

Aggressive chemotherapy and radiotherapy can successfully treat the cancer if caught early enough - but too many women who are treated go on to develop breast cancer.

One study discovered that, of the 3,817 women aged 30 or younger who had survived their HD therapy for a year or more, 105 had developed breast cancer.

Not surprisingly, researchers from the American National Cancer Institute discovered that the risk increased with the intensity of the radiation to treat HD. A dose of 4 Gy increased breast cancer risk by over three times, and a 40 Gy level raised that eight-fold. Those who were treated solely with chemotherapy had an increased risk of just 0.6 times, and this rose to 1.4 times if there was a mixed treatment of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

(Source: Journal of the American Medical Association, 2003; 290: 465-75).

Add your comment      
About The Author
What Doctors Don’t Tell You is one of the few publications in the world that can justifiably claim to solve people's health problems - and even save lives. Our monthly newsletter gives you the facts you won't read anywhere else about what works, what doesn't work and what may harm you in both orthodox and alternative medicine. We'll also tell you how you can prevent illness.......more
Related Articles
 
Share   Facebook   Buzz   Delicious   Digg   Twitter  
 
 
 
 
 
 
From Our Sponsor
 
 
 
 
 
 
Featured Events
Wellness Inventory Certification Training
     September 16-December 16, 2014
     Teleclass, CA USA
 
Additional Calendar Links
 
Wellness, Eating, dimension!

Search   
Home       Wellness       Health A-Z       Alternative Therapies       Find a Practitioner       Healthy Products       Bookstore       Wellness Inventory
Healthy Kitchen       Healthy Woman       Healthy Man       Healthy Child       Healthy Aging       Wellness Center       Nutrition Center       Fitness Center
Free Newsletter      What Doctor's Don't Tell You      Stevia.com      Discount Lab Tests      First Aid      Global Health Calendar      Privacy Policy     Contact Us

Disclaimer: The information provided on HealthWorld Online is for educational purposes only and IS NOT intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.