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In the study, researchers experimented with compounds derived from seaweed and used them to treat the types of lymphoma that are classified as being in the B-cell group.
"Some forms of B-cell lymphoma are especially resistant to standard treatment, and thus new therapies are needed," Mohammad Irhimeh, assistant professor of hematology/oncology and stem cells at the Hashemite University in Jordan, said in a news release from the American Association for Cancer Research.
Scientists had previously reported that a compound called fucoidan, found in seaweed, appears to kill tumor cells in mice and human cells.
In the new study, Irhimeh and his colleagues tested human lymphoma cells with a type of seaweed extract that is sold commercially. They found that it inhibited growth of cancerous cells but did not affect healthy cells.
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