Scientists zoom in on why some respond to lymphoma treatments

Doctor holding vile of blood
Blood sample of patient with lymphoma. Photo: BSIP/UIG/Getty Images

Researchers are trying to narrow down the reasons why some patients with aggressive lymphoma cancers respond to treatment better than others — and a new study indicates it has to do with subtypes of tumor genes.

Why it matters: Lymphoma is the most common type of blood cancer — non-Hodgkin lymphoma is newly diagnosed in almost 75,000 Americans every year. The new research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine Wednesday, may help target treatments for people.