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UVa Researchers Among Group to Discover Tumor Growth Blocker
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November 20, 2014 In a step forward in the battle against cancer, researchers have identified the key inhibitor of many forms of lung, prostate, bladder and other cancers. Tumors caused by the Ras or Ral genes have yet to be stopped until now. Researchers hope the findings will lead to drugs that can slow or stop solid-tumor cancers. "Among cancer researchers what we would hope is to make cancer a chronic disease like other diseases. It would be manageable and not life-threatening and so the idea is to block the growth of tumors in combination with therapy and then chemotherapy and these types of drugs, " said researcher David Brautigan of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. This discovery is just the first step of many, nothing has been tested on any patients.

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