Researchers at the University of East Anglia have made a pivotal discovery that could change the landscape of cancer treatment forever. Experiments on tissue cultures have found a gene which encourages cancer to spread throughout the body, and with targeted drugs and therapy, scientists hope to block this gene, according to the BBC
"I think we're really onto something important if we can put a wall around a cancer and lock it in place. The discovery could lead to the development of a new generation of drugs within the decade that could be used to stop the aggressive spread of most forms of the disease," Dr. Andrew Chantry, told the news source.
The researchers pinpointed the gene, WWP2, which leads to a breakdown of a normal cellular inhibitor that would keep the cell working properly. When this inhibitor is disabled by the gene, the cancer is allowed to spread to lymph nodes, bones and the lungs where it is notoriously difficult to defeat. The promising research is still in laboratory stages, but it may become the face of cancer treatment.
According to BreastCancer.org, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women excluding skin cancer.