Breast Cancer - New Technique Identified

by Sheela Philomena on  May 19, 2011 at 12:44 PM Cancer News
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Researchers at the CHUM Research Centre (CRCHUM) and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Australia have developed a new treatment avenue for treating breast cancer. Statistics reveal that the over-expression of a particular protein (human epidermal growth factor-2) is the main cause of proliferation of cancer cells in 20 to 30 percent of breast cancer patients.
 Breast Cancer - New Technique Identified
Breast Cancer - New Technique Identified

For years, the standard treatment for this kind of cancer has been Herceptin. While it is known to block the activity of this protein, the exact mechanism of action has remained a mystery.

Researchers have discovered that in addition to blocking cell proliferation, Herceptin also stimulates the production of interferons, which in turn activate immune cells called lymphocytes.

The new study supports the view that the presence of lymphocytes in tumours enhances treatment success.

In addition to revealing the precise workings of Herceptin, it also shows that combining Herceptin with a therapy that stimulates lymphocytes greatly increases its efficacy in animals.

"These findings open another avenue for breast cancer treatment for nearly a third of all women who are affected," said Stagg, who is affiliated with the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Montreal.

Source: ANI

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