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Old 09-18-2002, 07:27 PM   #1
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Unhappy Lymphoma - Hereditary?

My father in law passed away earlier this year after only being diagnsed with Lymphoma disease (non-hodgkins) for 10 months. He undersent chemo, raiotherapy but in the end his disease was too aggressive and not responding to any medication.

I am wondering if anyone knows if this disease is hereditary. I fear for my husband and the rest of his immediate family.


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Old 09-19-2002, 08:51 AM   #2
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This is an article on risk factors for non-Hodgkins lymphoma. - What You Need To Know About™ Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

It is possible to inherit genetic predispositions to diseases without ever getting those diseases. If you are very worried, speak with a Genetic Counsellor [an M.D.]. There are genetic tests available for some of the genes linked to an increased probability of a specific disease. Ideally, your father-in-law's DNA should be examined to identify whether there was a specific inborn genetic error responsible for his nHD.

Genetic errors can also occur after birth; this type of error is NOT passed on to future generations.

Old 09-19-2002, 02:14 PM   #3
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Hi Rema,my onc told me it is not hereditry,i had Hodgkins,also my onc is a Professor and i trust him completely,don't worry too much.
Keith from UK.

Old 09-19-2002, 05:37 PM   #4
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Thank you both so much for responding. I feel a little bit better now. I guess I have been feeling very paranoid since my father-in-law passed away and all sorts of negative thoughts have been running through my head.

Thanks Again


Old 09-19-2002, 08:27 PM   #5
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Hello...I am a survivor of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and so my first question was "Will my kids have a chance of getting this?" My doctor says that this is not hereditary as some cancers are. They think that it may be linked to a pesticide or a solvent. Try not to worry so much...good luck

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