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Killing Tumors

Microscopic bubbles could form part of a potent new cancer treatment, according to results from a new study that combines them with ultrasound to blast apart tumor cells
Microscopic bubbles could form part of a potent new cancer treatment, according to results from a new study that combines them with ultrasound to blast apart tumor cells

Lately we’ve seen an exciting string of research projects demonstrate how ultrasound can be harnessed to fight cancer, whether that be by helping drugs cross the blood-brain barrier, heating and destroying tissue in prostate cancers, or selectively killing tumor cells while leaving healthy ones unharmed. Adding to this burgeoning potential is a new study that combines ultrasound with microbubbles, which can be blasted apart like a “targeted warhead” to destroy the majority of tumor cells in breast cancer models. read more

Fat Cells Help Melanoma Spread

A new study has revealed fat cells secrete molecules that can trigger the transformation of melanoma...
A new study has revealed fat cells secrete molecules that can trigger the transformation of melanoma into its aggressive metastatic form(Credit: vitanovski/Depositphotos)

A team of scientists from Israel report compelling new insights into how the metastatic spread of melanoma is assisted by nearby fat cells. The research does not suggest obesity enhances the metastatic potential of skin cancers but it does point to new drugs that can stop the spread of melanoma. read more