How rogue cells spread

Daily Express - - NEWS -

SCI­EN­TISTS have dis­cov­ered why can­cer cells can spread through the body and trig­ger new tu­mours months or even years af­ter the orig­i­nal dis­ease has been treated.

A Bri­tish team found that can­cer cells con­tain two key pro­teins able to help them to change shape.

This means they can morph from a round shape to an elon­gated one to sur­vive in dif­fer­ent parts of the body.

They can then spread the can­cer into th­ese other parts where they will even­tu­ally cause new tu­mours to grow.

The team hope the dis­cov­ery will pave the way for new treat­ments for the dis­ease.

Pro­fes­sor Chris Mar­shall of The In­sti­tute of Can­cer Re­search, who led the team, said: “Our re­search brings new hope for fu­ture ther­a­pies to fight can­cer.”

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