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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Test All Chemo Patients for Hepatitis B, Says NCCN Presenter

March 17, 2011 (Hollywood, Florida) — Every cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy should be tested for hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, said a presenter here at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) 16th Annual Conference.

Chemotherapy and its related immunosuppression can cause a reactivation of HBV – "a potentially fatal and preventable disease," said Emmy Ludwig, MD, from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

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