What if a new technology could detect aggressive cancer cells, effectively spying on cancer? Researchers think it could improve the chances of treating these cancers.
Some cancers are aggressive and fast-growing, requiring equally aggressive treatment. Most cancer deaths are caused by cancer that’s metastasized, or spread from the original location to enter the bloodstream and pop up in other, cancer friendly locations. Others are what H. Gilbert Welch calls “turtles”: slow moving and maybe not needing painful and debilitating treatment right away.
We are on the cusp of being able to “spy” on cancer cells and actually see how they break off from a tumor and enter the bloodstream. And, that’s great news for people with aggressive cancers. Here is a video released by the NCI (National Cancer Institute) that shows, in live time, breast cancer cells breaking from the tumor and entering the bloodstream.