An international team of scientists has just discovered how cancer cells survive and then metastasize. They actually remodel their environment.
Some pancreatic tumors produce perlecan, a molecule that remodels its environment and “re-educates” the cells around it.
That helps cancer cells spread more aggressively and insulates them against chemotherapy.
The study reveals a revolutionary “two-pronged approach” that lead researcher Paul Timpson hopes will improve results with chemotherapy and also reduce aggressive spreading.