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Investigating Mantle Cell Lymphoma

  • Researcher: Dr Sílvia Beà Bobet
  • Institution: Fundacio Clinic per la Recerca Biomedica
  • Award Amount: £145,392 for 3 years January 2012
  • Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Investigating Mantle Cell Lymphoma
Mantle cell lymphoma is a rare type of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (cancer of the lymphatic system - part of our immune system) and its causes are still unknown. It is mostly found in middle aged to older individuals (60-65 years) and is more common in men than women. The median survival for mantle cell lymphoma is only 3-5 years and sadly the vast majority of patients cannot be cured. However, there are a small number of patients who have a stable form of the disease and do not need treatment for long periods of time. With her Worldwide Cancer Research grant Dr Beà is analysing samples from mantle cell lymphoma patients (aggressive and the more stable forms) to identify which alterations are responsible for the disease and to understand the genetic reasons for this difference in how patients respond to the disease.
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