Breast Cancer Treatment Can Cause “Sleeping Cells” in the Body

Breast cancer treatment, Hormone therapies can cause sleeping cells in the body.

Breast Cancer Treatment Can Cause
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The study of Breast cancer revealed that the treatment is creating the “sleeping cells” in the body. Imperial College of London, the team studied the hormone treatments, breast cancer drugs. The findings will help in awakening the cells to killed in the treatment.

Breast Cancer Treatment, Hormone Therapy:

Hormone therapy is the treatment that slows the growth of hormones that cause cancer.

“For a long time, scientists have debated whether hormone therapies – which are a very effective treatment and save millions of lives – work by killing breast cancer cells or whether the drugs flip them into a dormant ‘sleeper’ state,” statement by Dr. Luca Magnani, lead author of the study from Imperial’s Department of Surgery and Cancer.

Dr. Luca Magnani also added, “This is an important question as hormone treatments are used on the majority of breast cancers. Our findings suggest the drugs may kill some cells and switch others into this sleeper state. If we can unlock the secrets of these dormant cells, we may be able to find a way of preventing cancer coming back, either by holding the cells in permanent sleep mode, or be waking them up and killing them.”

Treatment of Breast Cancer:

Breast Cancer Treatment Can Cause "Sleeping Cells" in the Body
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Hormone therapy is one of the best ways to treat breast cancer, researchers said. Patient researches concluded that- sleeping cells could be prevented from awakening by taking the hormone therapies for longer after the initial cancer treatment.

“Although treatments for breast cancer are usually successful, cancer returns for some women, often bringing with it a poorer prognosis. Figuring out why breast cancer sometimes comes back is essential to help us develop better treatments and prevent this from happening. This study highlights key route researchers can now explore to tackle ‘sleeping’ cancer cells that can wake up years after treatment, which could potentially save the lives of many more women with the disease,” said by Dr. Rachel Shaw, Cancer Research UK.


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