Lautenberg, 86, Diagnosed with Stomach Lymphoma

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Senator Frank Lautenberg, 86, is reported by his office to have curable lymphoma of the stomach. The B-cell lymphoma will require six to eight chemotherapy treatments over the next few months.

Lautenberg is under the care of Dr. James F. Holland and Dr. Martin Goldman of Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Lautenberg is a Democrat Senator from New Jersey. His office reports that he is expected to return to work at the Senate between treatments.

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The American Cancer Society estimates there were 21,130 new cases and 10,620 deaths from stomach cancer in the United States in 2009. More than two thirds of people diagnosed with stomach cancer are over 65 years of age. Slightly more men than women get stomach cancer.

The most common type of stomach cancer is adenocarcinoma. This cancer starts from cells that form the lining of the innermost layer, the mucosa. The term "stomach cancer" almost always refers to this type of cancer.

Other stomach tumors include lymphomas, gastrointestinal stromal tumors (often called GIST), and carcinoid tumors.

Lymphoma is an immune system cancer, and the B-cell form is a type of the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that strikes more than 65,000 people in the U.S. annually. There are multiple subtypes of the B-cell form, with widely varying treatments and prognoses. Lymphomas can strike in lymph tissue anywhere in the body, such as the lymph nodes - and the stomach contains lymphoid tissue.

Sources
Senator Frank Lautenberg’s Website
Washington Post
American Cancer Society

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