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Scientists at London’s Institute for Cancer Research announced last night they’ve discovered a new way of killing malignant tumors.According to UK Express, the discovery puts to rest the belief that the only way cancer cells can be killed is through a process called apoptosis. That condition is often blocked by cancer cells, which causes many drugs to be ineffective.
The new process is called necroptosis and kills tumors by circumventing the cells defenses and activating a set of proteins that force the cells into this type of death.
The discovery sheds light on why many people fail to respond to chemotherapy and brings hope for targeted treatments that will kill cells resistant to apoptosis.
ICR’s Pascal Meier told UK Express: “These findings represent a new line of attack in the fight against cancer. Chemotherapy has been around for decades but we have never understood how it kills cancer cells. This work shows not only that it can happen by two different processes, but how drugs can be developed to activate this newly discovered second cell-killing process in a much smarter, more effective way.
Meier says that while still at an early stage this discovery could mean a new way of approaching cancer treatments in the future.
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