Scientists discovered that cancer cells hiding in the bone can cause breast cancer relapse, but they have a new way to deal with it.
They found a way to block breast cancer cells from hiding in bone marrow, hence preventing the likelihood of breast cancer relapse. This new discovery gives hope for preventing breast cancer from coming back after chemotherapy and other treatments.
Scientists at Duke University Medical Center discovered a molecular key that breast cancer cells use to enter bone marrow in mice, where they may be protected from chemotherapy or hormonal therapies that could otherwise eliminate them.
(Via ScienceDaily and Image Credit: Alisa Weigandt for Duke Health)
The scientists explained that in the early stages of breast cancer, cancer cells can migrate to the bone marrow, where they can lie dormant and cause relapse years later.
According to Dorothy A. Sipkins, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in the division of hematological malignancies and cellular therapy at Duke, “Clinical studies have found that breast cancer can be caught early and treated, and patients can have no signs of disease. And then five, 10 or even 15 years later, a patient can relapse. Most often, the site of the metastasized cancer is in the bone.”
With this discovery, Duke Health scientists have discovered ways to block that mechanism and ensure that the cancers are gone for good.
All together for breast cancer cure and treatment.
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Now that is some real hope to kill breast cancer cells in one’s body!