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Enzyme found that stops spread of cancer

A finding by Danish researchers has lifted hopes for an effective cancer treatment. Researchers found that by blocking the enzyme, urokinase plasminogen activator (uPA), they can stop the spread of cancer throughout the body. This works because cancer relies on this enzyme to spread throughout the body. Fortunately the body doesn’t need the enzyme to function effectively so its removal should have no serious side effects. This treatment is also much more tolerable to patients than chemotherapy. The study found that only 1 in 7 mice suffered from the spread of cancer after having the uPA removed. The findings have been published in the International Journal of cancer. The treatment has not been tried on humans yet. The spread of cancer throughout the body is a major cause of cancer death.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Copenhagen

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About: Enzyme found that stops spread of cancer

Date: 22 November 2004

Source: Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Copenhagen


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