Study gives new clue about cancer spreading

June 27th 2011

A new study has offered an insight into how cancer spreads, which could offer vital clues for cancer treatment development.

The research team at the Duke Cancer Institute in the US found newly-identified proteins in cancer cells that circulate in sufferers' blood, which can be screened to improve prognostic tests.

By studying these cells, the researchers could see how they might break away from the original tumours and spread the disease to other locations.

"By developing a better blood test based on our findings, we may be able to identify molecular targets for therapy tailored to an individual patient's cancer," said Dr Andrew J Armstrong, the lead author of the study.

He added that the study is a "new horizon" in cancer treatment as it offers a new direction for therapy development as well as a biomarker.

Statistics from Cancer Research UK show that approximately 309,500 people were diagnosed with cancer in the UK in 2008.

Posted by Philip Briggs

1. Duke team finds new clues to how cancer spreads, Duke University Medical Center, 27 June 2011

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