‘Gluten intolerance can contribute to arise bloedcelkanker’

‘Gluten intolerance can contribute to arise bloedcelkanker’

A small group of patients with celiac disease (gluten allergy) develops an aggressive form of white bloedcelkanker.

Researchers from the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) have established that the gluten cells of the immune system substances to produce, which can contribute to the emergence of this deadly blood cancer.

“The immune system is widely seen as an ally in the fight against cancer, but apparently it isn’t always,” says research leader Jeroen van Bergen.


Some people get after eating most grains, like wheat, barley and rye intense chronic inflammation in the small intestine. Culprits are certain proteins called gluten. Cells of the immune system react very strongly to this gluten.

Patients keep the complaints about the general good in the hand with a gluten-free diet. When a small group of patients develops a malignant, incurable form of white bloedcelkanker (lymphoma).

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