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Israeli research suggests new path to predict and prevent cancer relapses

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Israeli scientists say they may have found a new way to predict when cancer patients are poised for a relapse, and develop treatments to avert it.

Tel Aviv University researchers identified a specific pattern of changes in lung tissue that tends to appear before breast cancer patients in remission see the disease metastasize, or spread, to another part of the body.

“We’ve recorded the earliest changes ever seen in the body that enable breast cancer cells to bring about metastasis,” lead researcher Prof. Neta Erez, head of pathology at Tel Aviv University, told The Times of Israel, explaining that she believes the changes set off a domino effect that causes the metastasis.

“We hope to use this research to pave the way for therapeutic interventions that may prevent the changes and therefore prevent metastasis.”

She said that if her research pans out it will allow very early intervention, before metastasis, “which is akin to fighting a fire when it’s just a small spark instead of big flames.”

Erez said that while her study focused on breast cancer, she expects that the changes in the body would be found across cancers, and plans to explore this.

Explaining the background to her research, which has been peer-reviewed and........

© The Times of Israel

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