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This ‘metastasis-blocking’ compound may stop the spread of cancer

Researchers are exploring a new way to stop the spread of cancer.

Using a new approach, scientists have located a compound that stops the spread of breast, pancreatic, and prostate cancers in mice.
Cancer metastasis could one day be halted by metarrestin.

The compound — which they call metarrestin — destroys a unique structure inside the nucleus of cancer cells that can spread and form new tumors.

A paper on the work — in which researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) collaborated with those from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL — is published in Science Translational Medicine.

In describing how metarrestin works, co-corresponding study author Sui Huang, who works as an associate professor of cell and molecular biology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, likens it to a “dirty bomb against cancer.”

“It could potentially result in a better outcome for patients with solid tumor cancers with high potential to spread to other organs,” she adds.

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