Di Heidi Ledford
After decades of designing drugs to kill rapidly dividing tumour cells, many cancer researchers are switching gears: targeting malignant cells that lie silent and scattered around the body, before they give rise to new tumours.
These cells seed the metastases responsible for about 90% of cancer deaths. They are the source of the heart-breaking cancer resurgence seen in many people whose seemingly successful initial treatment fostered hopes that they were cured. Treatments that target proliferating tumour cells often miss these silent cells because they’re not actively dividing.
Continua a leggere su Nature: Cancer researchers target the dormant cells that seed tumours