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Jeff Doc Heads South to Solve Cancer Mystery

01/23/18

Research

Two Alabama regions have one disconcerting thing in common: a statistically high occurrence rate of a rare eye cancer.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Marlana Orloff, MD, has treated some of the patients and conducted research in Huntersville, and was recently contacted by residents of Auburn to ask if she could look into their cases.

References to the cancer cases in Huntersville and Auburn were included in an abstract Dr. Orloff presented at a 2015 meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The conclusions in that report, which was prepared by Orloff and colleagues at Wills Eye Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University, outlined the need for further investigation into the cases.

In Auburn, Dr. Orloff and colleagues will be looking to establish a working relationship with patients and medical professionals to potentially lay the groundwork for another coordinated study. At this point, she has determined there are as many as nine cases involving people who were students at Auburn between 1989 and 1993; her team will be gathering information to determine the next step in researching the situation.

Source: Herald Citizen