Friday 30 September 2022 05:50 PM Potential cancer breakthrough as scientists finally discover how tumours ... trends now

Friday 30 September 2022 05:50 PM Potential cancer breakthrough as scientists finally discover how tumours ... trends now
Friday 30 September 2022 05:50 PM Potential cancer breakthrough as scientists finally discover how tumours ... trends now

Friday 30 September 2022 05:50 PM Potential cancer breakthrough as scientists finally discover how tumours ... trends now

Potential cancer breakthrough as scientists finally discover how tumours 'hijack' healthy cells to spread around the body Cancer cells ‘hijack’ a process used by healthy cells to spread around the body  Metastasis — when cancer spreads — has been incredibly difficult to prevent  Researchers have found it hard to identify key drivers of this process before

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A breakthrough in understanding how cancer spreads could lead to better treatments, according to experts.

Scientists have discovered that cancer cells ‘hijack’ a process used by healthy cells to spread around the body, completely changing current ways of thinking about cancer.

Despite being one of the main causes of death in cancer patients, metastasis — when cancer spreads — has remained incredibly difficult to prevent.

This is largely because researchers have found it hard to identify key drivers of this process, which could be targeted by drugs.

Now, they have discovered a protein called NALCN may play a key role.

In experiments in mice, they found that blocking the activity of the NALCN protein triggered metastasis.

A breakthrough in understanding how cancer spreads could lead to better treatments, according to experts

A breakthrough in understanding how cancer spreads could lead to better treatments, according to experts

HOW CAN CANCER SPREAD THROUGH THE BLOOD?

Cancerous tumours are made up of living cells which multiply uncontrollably. 

While most of these new, dangerous, cells stick to the original tumour, some are released and can travel round the body through the bloodstream.

Moving cancer cells can, if they survive the journey, become lodged in another part of the body and start one of their own tumours – called a satellite tumour.

These metastatic tumours are typically the most dangerous and form secondary cancers which are harder and sometimes impossible to cure.

However, only a few of the thousands of moving cancer cells

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