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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Cancer Research: How to wake a sleeping cancer cell, and why you might want to ♦ Can cancer itself damage the heart? ♦ Cells implicated with breast cancer-derived brain tumors

Can cancer itself damage the heart? Both treated and untreated cancer patients showed impaired heart function, report researchers at the end of a study. The finding raises the possibility that cancer itself may damage heart muscle irrespective of exposure to cancer drug therapies
New class of inhibitory compounds developed to aid melanoma treatments A pharmacology researcher has helped create a class of inhibitory compounds that can strongly enhance the effect of anti-tumor drugs for melanoma.
Researchers isolate cells implicated with breast cancer-derived brain tumors Researchers have isolated genetic signatures of some circulating tumor cells found in breast cancer, which one day may lead to a preventive treatment for metastatic cancer cells
How to wake a sleeping cancer cell, and why you might want to Cancer cells that lie 'snoozing' in the skeleton can be awakened by changes in the bone that surrounds them, scientists have shown. In a world first, researchers have used state-of-the-art microscopy techniques to watch cancer cells sleep within living bone over a period of months. They show that cancer cells can be 'woken up' when bone tissue is broken down around them, suggesting new possibilities for treating metastatic cancer in bone.

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