Pre-diagnosis cigarette smoking and overall survival in non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Nicholas J. Ollberding, Andrew Evens, Briseis Aschebrook-Kilfoy, Donne Bennett D. Caces, Dennis D. Weisenburger, Sonali M. Smith, Brian C.H. Chiu

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We examined whether smoking prior to non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) diagnosis was associated with overall survival (OS) and conducted a meta-analysis to assess the evidence relating pre-diagnosis cigarette smoking with OS. Among 523 NHL patients, worse OS was suggested for greater pre-diagnostic smoking habits when compared to never smokers. In the meta-analysis (n = 5 patient populations), inferior OS was observed for greater number of cigarettes smoked per day, years of cigarette smoking, and pack-years of cigarette smoking. The inferior survival was more pronounced for follicular than for diffuse large B cell lymphoma. Pre-diagnosis cigarette smoking may adversely impact the survival of NHL patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)352-356
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Haematology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hematology


  • Cigarettes
  • Meta-analysis
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Pooled analysis
  • Smoking

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    Ollberding, N. J., Evens, A., Aschebrook-Kilfoy, B., Caces, D. B. D., Weisenburger, D. D., Smith, S. M., & Chiu, B. C. H. (2013). Pre-diagnosis cigarette smoking and overall survival in non-Hodgkin lymphoma. British Journal of Haematology, 163(3), 352-356.