Recent studies of farm-workers who were exposed to Roundup found higher rates of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. One rare subtype is a fast-growing brain cancer known as Primary Central Nervous System (CNS) Lymphoma.
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Experts Link Roundup and Lymphoma
In 2015, glyphosate was classified as a “probable human carcinogen” by cancer-research experts at the World Health Organization based on studies linking Roundup exposure to non-Hodgkin lymphoma in farm-workers.
Other Toxic Ingredients in Roundup
Monsanto insists that glyphosate is harmless. However, glyphosate is not the only ingredient in Roundup. It also contains a soap-like chemical called POEA that helps glyphosate get into the plant by destroying the waxy coating on leafy plants. No one knows all the ingredients in Roundup because the government allows Monsanto to keep certain ingredients off the label because they are “trade secrets.”
What is the problem?
The problem is that the combination of glyphosate with POEA and other secret ingredients in Roundup is far more dangerous than glyphosate on its own. POEA is known to be toxic to fish and amphibians, and it may also increase the toxicity of Roundup in humans.
Roundup Causes Toxic Brain Damage in Rat Study
Rats who were injected with Roundup during pregnancy and lactation produced offspring with brain damage, according to new research. The study “Mechanisms underlying the neurotoxicity induced by glyphosate-based herbicide in immature rat hippocampus” was published in the journal Toxicology in June 2014.
What is Primary CNS Lymphoma?
Primary Central Nervous System (CNS) Lymphoma is a cancer that mostly occurs in the brain. It may also involve the spinal cord, eyes, or meninges (outer covering of the brain).
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in the Brain
Primary CNS lymphoma is type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It occurs when white blood cells called lymphocytes (B-cells) grow uncontrollably and create tumors. About 90% of cases are aggressive Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma (DLBCL). Only 10% are slow-growing.
Primary Brain Tumors
Primary CNS lymphoma causes 3% of brain tumors — a lump in the brain made of cancerous B-cells. When patients are diagnosed, 50% have multiple brain tumors. Primary lymphoma in the brain does not usually spread to the body, but it almost always spreads widely in the nervous system. Symptoms depend on where brain tumors start growing, the size of the tumor, and other factors.
Symptoms of Cerebral Lymphoma
- Muscle weakness, numbness
- High pressure in the brain
- Nausea, vomiting
- Loss of balance
- Neck or back pain
- Progressive paralysis (paraplegia)
- Speech problems
- Confusion, memory loss, or personality changes
- Eye problems
Ocular Lymphoma in the Eyes
The eyes are an extension of the nervous system, and 15% of patients with primary CNS have it in their eyes — but only half develop symptoms. The symptoms are easily misdiagnosed, and may include:
- Blurred vision
- “Floaters” drifting on field of vision
- Eye redness or swelling
- Sensitivity to light
- Vision loss
Diagnosis & Tests for Brain Lymphoma
CNS lymphoma is diagnosed with a neurologic exam that includes an MRI, CT scan, and biopsy (tissue sample) of the brain. Patients will also need an eye exam and lumbar puncture (spinal tap) to see where it has spread. In rare cases where it starts in the spinal cord, diagnosis is straightforward because patients have progressive paralysis.
Treatment for Cerebral Lymphoma
Treatments for primary CNS lymphoma have dramatically improved survival rates since the 1990s. In patients who are diagnosed when it is restricted to the brain (Stage I), radiation therapy can yield a 10-year survival or cure-rate of 70%. Primary lymphoma of the brain is initially treated with corticosteroids, which are anti-inflammatory medicines that help control swelling in the brain. The main treatments are chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Other Names for Primary CNS Lymphoma
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Brain cancer
- Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma (DLBCL)
- Primary leptomeningeal lymphoma
- Ocular lymphoma
- Lymphoma of the brain
- Central nervous system lymphoma
- Primary brain lymphoma
- Cerebral lymphoma
- Reticulum cell sarcoma
- Diffuse histiocytic lymphoma
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