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October 31, 2005

Microbe-Cancer Links Expand to Three: Psittacosis Germ Causes a Lymphoma

The proven involvement of bacteria in cancer development has been demonstrated again, this time in a specific form of lymphoma. Here's the key info from AP:
New research suggests that infection with bacteria from the Chlamydia family may play a role in the development of a type of lymphoma that affects the tissue around the eye, raising hopes that antibiotics may one day prove to be an alternative to chemotherapy or radiation.

The study, presented Monday at the European Cancer Conference, is the latest to link infection with cancer, following the establishment of the human papilloma virus as the major cause of cervical cancer and the bacteria Helicobacter pylori as a cause of stomach cancer.
The bacteria in question, Chlamydia psittaci, can be contracted from infected birds such as parrots. Scientists also suspect it can come from household cats because they also carry it. Chlamydia psittaci is known to cause a lung infection called psittacosis.
It's believed antibiotics may be able to reverse this type of slowly developing cancer, by attacking the bacterial infection.


At 11/04/2005 12:23 PM, Anonymous Mike said...

I'm glad they are finding the cause of some lymphomas, a way to get rid of these nasty cancers.


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