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He says the efforts of the Scotland & Newcastle Lymphoma Group (SNLG) - founded in 1979 when groups of doctors from Newcastle and the northern region met those from Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen and decided on a concerted approach to tackling such cancers - would now be focused on the more problematic areas of non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and Hodgkin's Lymphoma in the elderly.
Prof Proctor says SNLG now has the largest and most comprehensive data base on lymph gland cancer in the world.
Because of the co-ordinated approach which has in place now for more than 20 years, the SNLG has been able to identify the most appropriate treatment in a whole range of sub-groups of the disease.