Taking advantage of cancers’ abnormal metabolism could lead to a new way to ‘starve’ tumours

Anne Li                                                                                               April 23rd, 2017


Cancer cells need energy and nutrients to carry on growing. And, because they often multiply rapidly, cancer cells have a high demand for fuel. One tempting idea for treating cancer that’s emerged over the years is trying to cut off this fuel supply and ‘starve’ the tumour. But there’s a hitch. Healthy cells rely on the same sources of energy and nutrients as cancer cells. So any treatment that deprived cancer cells of fuel would also stop our cells and organs from working properly, leaving us in serious trouble.


See original article at: http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2017/04/19/taking-advantage-of-cancers-abnormal-metabolism-could-lead-to-a-new-way-to-starve-tumours/

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