New drug combo can destroy root of breast cancer cells

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Making a breakthrough in the battle against breast cancer, scientists have used a combination of drugs to target cancer stem cells that cause the disease to spread.

Current treatments kill only the surface cells in a breast tumour, but scientists now say they can destroy the root, the Mirror reported.

They hope that the findings, revealed ahead of World Cancer Day, can be used to help women with advanced and aggressive cancers. Targeting cancer stem cells takes us a step closer to better clinical options for those with the disease, said Dr Rob Clarke, of Manchester University.

Scientists say they have made a breakthrough in the battle against breast cancer .

Experts have used a combination of drugs to target cancer stem cells that cause the disease to spread.

It is hoped the findings, revealed ahead of today’s World Cancer Day, can be used to help women with advanced and aggressive cancers.

Current treatments kill only the surface cells in a breast tumour, but scientists now say they can destroy the root.

Dr Rob Clarke, of Manchester University, said: “The research (funded by the Breast Cancer Campaign) is exciting. Targeting cancer stem cells takes us a step closer to better clinical options for those with the disease.”

from http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-02-04/health/36741778_1_breast-cancer-cells-breast-tumour-target-cancer , http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/science/breast-cancer-scientists-well-root-1573329

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