Duke Team Finds New Clues to How Cancer Spreads (DukeHealth.org)
June 27, 2011
Cancer cells circulating in the blood carry newly identified proteins that could be screened to improve prognostic tests and suggest targets for therapies, report scientists at the Duke Cancer Institute.
Altered Cell Metabolism Has Role in Brain Tumor Development (DukeHealth.org)
Jan. 31, 2011
Scientists at Duke Cancer Institute have discovered that genetic mutations found in brain tumors can alter tumor metabolism. This work could help lead to new designs for anti-cancer drugs based on the unique properties of these tumors.
Blocking the Critical Structure that Lets Cancer Cells Move -- Their Feet (DukeHealth.org)
Dec. 16, 2010
Scientists now know that some cancer cells spread, or metastasize, throughout the body the old-fashioned way -- by using their feet. But researchers at Duke Cancer Institute have discovered a way to short-circuit their travels by preventing the development of these feet, called invadopodia. This discovery is even more important because blocking these "feet" also blocks proteins in the feet that burn through intact tissue and let cancer cells enter new cells.
Scientists Decode Secrets of a Very Common Virus that Can Cause Cancer (DukeHealth.org)
Dec. 16, 2010
About 90 percent of people are infected at some time in their lives with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), usually with no ill effects. But individuals with compromised immune systems, such as people with organ transplants or HIV infection, have a greater risk of cancer occurring because of this virus.