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Cancer: New method tags elusive tumors for targeted therapy

Tagging cancer cells in tumors might help with future treatment.

Researchers have discovered a way to tag cancer cells of tumors that are difficult to target because they lack suitable receptors. They suggest that their approach, which they tested in mice, could lead to new targeted therapies for cancers that do not respond to those currently available, such as triple-negative breast cancer.
The team – including scientists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and research centers in China – reports the findings in the journal Nature Chemical Biology.

The method uses small-molecule sugars to produce unique, artificial cell surface receptors on cancer cells.

Study leader Jianjun Cheng, a professor in materials science and engineering at Illinois, explains that there is a lack of targeted therapies for certain cancers because they do not have any of the receptors that available treatments normally target.

One such cancer is triple-negative breast cancer – an aggressive cancer with a low survival rate.

Read full article: Cancer: New method tags elusive tumors for targeted therapy – Medical News Today

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