How cancer cells spread and squeeze through tiny blood vessels
Jun 29, 2016
The spread of cancer from a tumor's original location to other parts of the body can play a major role in whether the disease turns deadly. Many steps in this process, called metastasis, remain murky. But now scientists are ...
Cancer-causing virus mimics host signal to drive cell growth, protein production
Jun 27, 2016
As scientists identify ways that viruses exploit their host cells to make more copies of themselves, they are also uncovering clues to how these viral invaders can trigger cancerous cell growth.
Study finds contagious cancers are spreading among several species of shellfish
Jun 22, 2016
The oceans are home to innumerable and diverse species of marine life. A new paper, published in Nature, suggests that the watery medium that nourishes and protects this life may also promote the spread of certain cancers, ...
Illuminating detection of deep cancers
Jun 20, 2016
To see right through something is to know its true intent—the same could be said to apply to biological tissues, especially tumors.
New nanoparticle technology developed to treat aggressive thyroid cancer
Jun 20, 2016
Anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC), the most aggressive form of thyroid cancer, has a mortality rate of nearly 100 percent and a median survival time of three to five months. One promising strategy for the treatment of these ...
New cancer fighter synthesized: Thailanstatin A disrupts cancer by inhibiting DNA-editing machinery
Jun 20, 2016
Rice University scientists have synthesized a novel anti-cancer agent, Thailanstatin A, which was originally isolated from a bacterial species collected in Thailand.
New study explains how very aggressive cancer cells use energy to divide, move
Jun 14, 2016
Cancer cells and normal cells both divide and move, but with cancer cells it's like they're on steroids: everything is bigger, faster, more.
Reclaiming the immune system's assault on tumors
Jun 13, 2016
One of the major obstacles with treating cancer is that tumors can conscript the body's immune cells and make them work for them. Researchers at EPFL have now found a way to reclaim the corrupted immune cells, turn them into ...
Drug candidate shrinks tumor when delivered by plant virus nanoparticle
Jun 08, 2016
In a pair of firsts, researchers at Case Western Reserve University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have shown that the drug candidate phenanthriplatin can be more effective than an approved drug in vivo, and that ...
New chemical 'sponges' designed to soak up toxic cancer-fighting drugs after targeting tumors
Jun 07, 2016
Doctors have a powerful arsenal of cancer-fighting chemotherapy drugs to choose from, though a key challenge is to better target these drugs to kill tumors while limiting their potentially harmful side effects.