Reporter 443, 22 November 1999

Lottery money probes blood disease in elderly

The University's Leukaemia Research Fund is launching a new study of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in up to 300 local elderly people.

Little is known about how the disease, a form of blood cancer found in over 5,000 people a year, affects the over 65s. The three-year study will map new cases occurring in West Yorkshire to assess patients' referral and treatment.

The Fund's Dr Gareth Dovey said this would be the first study of its kind; previous research has concentrated on investigating the condition in much younger patients. Possible risk factors for the elderly include infectious agents, herbicide use and even certain diets.

The project has received a 240,000 grant from the National Lottery.

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