How rogue cells spread
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.”