Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Mayo Clinic has been awarded an $11 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study survivorship among patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The research project will involve 12,000 patients, who will be followed for long-term prognosis and survivorship.

"With an increasing number of Americans living with NHL, we need to find new and better ways to improve the length and quality of their lives,” says the study's principal investigator, James Cerhan, M.D., Ph.D., who is an epidemiologist at Mayo Clinic.

Statistics from the National Cancer Institute predict that Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, which is a cancer that originates in the body’s lymphatic system, will be diagnosed in about 70,000 people in the United States this year. The most recent estimates put the number of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma survivors around 550,000.

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