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Understanding how MALT lymphoma develops

In this project, Professor Du will try and work out how MALT lymphoma develops to try and find new ways to treat it.

The challenge

MALT lymphoma is a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that starts in the lining of some of our organs such as the stomach. It’s a slow-growing type of blood cancer, and it’s thought that having other health conditions that cause organs like the stomach to become inflamed may be contributing to its development, but not much is known about this.

The project

Professor Ming-Qing Du and his team think that this inflammation can alter how our immune cells behave and contribute to them turning cancerous, causing MALT lymphoma. He wants to understand more about what causes this and how it happens.

The future

The hope is that this project could find new targets that could then be explored to treat MALT lymphoma.

What our community think

“The project addresses an important question: how does inflammation cause the emergence of lymphomas.”

- Patient Voice Grant Advisory Network Member, in remission from non-Hodgkin lymphoma