New Research into “Bubbles” which Spread Cancer

by Malc on August 14, 2012

English: Main symptoms of cancer metastasis. S...

When cancer has been diagnosed the next important step is for Doctors to find out whether the cancer has metastasised, or spread from its original site to somewhere else.

New research is focusing on what causes the spread and the results are giving new hope to improving prognosis and treatment of the disease.

Exosomes are microscopic “bubbles” which break off from cancer cells. They are full of proteins and genetic messenger molecules.

The more exosomes a tumour produces, the more quickly cancer can spread.

So scientists at Weill Cornell Medical College, are concentrating on these and are getting positive results, making this a significant breakthrough in the future of treating cancer.

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