Belgian researchers have presented new data on the role of fats in the migration of cancer cells in our bodies. Their findings will pave the way for a better understanding of how the disease spreads. When cancer cells spread through the body, they often migrate via pre-existing or new lymphatic vessels. This new method will stop that
- Our study shows that the usage of fat by lymphatics is programmed in their development, and required for their growth and function.
- Though drugs to prevent this process will not be available anytime soon, the findings, published in the journal Nature, mark a first step towards the development of future treatments.
- In the near future, the researchers plan to evaluate fat usage inhibitors in large-scale tests that will provide more data on their capacity to reduce metastasis in different types of cancer.
“Belgian researchers have presented new data on the role of fats in the migration of cancer cells to new sites. Their findings will pave the way for a better understanding of how the disease spreads.”