Aggressive glioblastoma tumours could be in trouble: a breakthrough discovery successfully wiped out cancer cells in mice.
Ednews informs via Euronews that researchers have developed a method that could cause cancerous cells to die of stress.
Their research has yielded promising results with glioblastoma, one of the most common and aggressive brain tumours among adults. This condition is estimated to affect roughly 19,000 people each year in the EU.
The treatment for glioblastoma hasn’t changed much since the early 2000s and consists of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. The median survival time for a patient diagnosed with the condition is 15 months.
Cancer cells are naturally stressed
"Cancer cells are stressed cells, they're not normal, they're fundamentally stressed and they end up using stress response mechanisms to gain advantages,” said Eric Chevet, head of a cancer research laboratory of the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) since 2015.
“The advantage is that they are more resistant, stronger and able to migrate, so they are better able to withstand additional stresses such as chemotherapy," he told Euronews Next.