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Case studies of elderly patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

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Author(s): Stefano Luminari | Massimo Federico

Journal: Hematology Reports
ISSN 2038-8322

Volume: 3;
Issue: 3s;
Start page: e7;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma | diffuse large B-cell lymphoma | follicular lymphoma | case studies | anthracycline | cardiotoxicity | elderly patients

ABSTRACT
The treatment of patients with non- Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) is often the treatment of elderly patients, as most patients are older than 65 years at diagnosis. These elderly patients present particular therapeutic challenges, because they may be more frail and at greater risk of treatment-related toxicity, especially anthracycline-related cardiotoxicity, than younger patients. The following two case studies illustrate the challenges and therapeutic decision-making in managing elderly patients with an aggressive and an indolent form of lymphoma.
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