It has been claimed in a recent report that radiation treatment that is administered to patients suffering from Hodgkin’s lymphoma could actually increase the risk of those patients developing malignant mesothelioma, which is commonly linked to high level exposure to asbestos.
The report adds that research carried out in the past has associated the development of mesothelioma, which is a rare form of cancer, with exposure to radiation. Apparently a number of studies have been carried out into the risk of mesothelioma development among patients being treated with radiation for HL.
A number of smaller studies were carried out into these risks, but they focussed on only small groups of patients, which resulted in experts deciding that a bigger scale study was required. As part of the larger study over two and a half thousand patients with HL were examined, including those that had been treated with radiation alone or a combined treatment that included radiation.
The results of the tests concluded, amongst other things, that five year survivors of HL were twenty six times more likely to develop malignant mesothelioma that people in the general population.