Freezing cancer cells in their place
freezing cancer cells
in their place
freezing cancer cells in their place
Stand Up to Cancer Scientist, Dr Chris Bakal and his team are researching a new molecular ‘freeze-ray’ treatment to stop cancer cells from shape-shifting and spreading around the body.
Cancer cells can change their shape, to make themselves comfortable in different organs or to squeeze into blood vessels where they can hide from the ever-searching immune system. When cancer cells spread to new locations, radiotherapy and surgery become less effective, which makes the cancer harder to treat. Cancer cells get their shape-shifting ability by ‘hot-wiring’ certain genes, making them faulty. It’s this behaviour that scientists plan to stop.
By spying on cancer cells’ behaviour, they have pinpointed a number of genes that are behind this morphing power. Chris and his team hope to develop drugs that will act like a freeze ray, trapping cancer cells in one shape and stopping them from moving. Ultimately, this could make them much easier to destroy and treatment more effective.
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