Johns Hopkins researchers say they’ve unlocked key to cancer metastasis and how to slow it

A woman’s seven-year study of cancer cells may have found how cancer spreads and how to slow the spreading down, reports Carrie Wells in the Baltimore Sun.

Hasini Jayatilaka of Johns Hopkins University realised that when cancer cells became densely packed, some of them migrated and spread.

She and her team found the biochemical mechanism that causes metastasis, or spreading and further discovered that two already existing cancer drugs can significantly slow the process.

The team has tested their theory on dogs with good results. Human testing is still necessary.

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