Rigid Cancer Cells Prevent Metastasis, Study Finds

Existing cancer therapies are geared toward massacring tumor cells, but researchers propose a different strategy: subtly hardening cancer cells to prevent them from invading new areas of the body. They devised a way of screening compounds for the desired effect and have identified a compound that shows promise in fighting pancreatic cancer.

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Existing cancer therapies are geared massacring tumor cells, but Johns Hopkins researchers propose a different strategy: subtly hardening cancer cells to prevent them from invading new areas of the body. They devised a way of screening compounds for the desired effect and have identified a compound that shows promise in fighting pancreatic cancer. Their study appears this week in the early edition of the PNAS.

This is a novel approach to cancer therapy that we believe could fight the disease with less potential for side effects and drug resistance than many current drugs," says Douglas Robinson, Ph.D., a professor of cell biology in the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "We think the new screening system we devised will help identify drugs for many other diseases, as well."

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