New way to halt lung cancer `discovered`

Scientists have discovered a mechanism which they claim causes an aggressive type of lung cancer to re-grow following chemotherapy thus offering hope
for new therapies.

The study showed that the regrowth of SCLC cells could be blocked by a drug that targets growth signals, which, in healthy cells, control organ development and repair. Blocking the signalling pathway, known as “Hedgehog”, could form basis of new SCLC treatments. This discovery gives us important clues for designingnew treatment approaches. By using drugs to inhibit the Hedgehog signalling, we should be able to increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy and reduce the risk of cancer relapse. Read more…

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