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Man is cured of lymphoma after contracting Covid-19

Redaction 26 January 2021

A 61-year-old man diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a type of cancer that originates in the lymphatic system, would have been cured after being infected with Covid-19.

The strange case was reported in the British Journal of Hematology. According to the report, a biopsy detected the lymphoma and, shortly after the diagnosis, he was admitted with shortness of breath. After a test, it was found that the patient had the new coronavirus.

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For 11 days, the man received supportive treatment based on the infirmary and was released to recover at home. Four months later, an examination revealed a generalized decrease in lymphoma.

The doctors' hypothesis is that Covid-19 infection triggered an anti-tumor immune response. The effect, incidentally, has already been described in other infections in the context of high-grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.