‘Cellular soldiers’ prevent metastasis following surgery in mice

Written by Jenny Straiton, Future Science Group

In an attempt to overcome the issue of post-surgery breast cancer metastasis, a team of researchers from Vanderbilt University (TN, USA) have developed a method to utilize the body’s own defense mechanisms and create ‘cellular soldiers‘ that can kill loose cancer cells during surgical removal of tumors, helping to prevent development of metastasis. The study utilized an aggressive triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) mouse model. Despite being a common treatment plan, surgical intervention in breast cancer is known to carry risk of causing metastatic growth and accelerated relapse. This is likely due to cancer cells being shed during the removal process,...

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