February 11, 2013
The University of Virginia Health System has discovered a mysterious protein that could stop the growth of cancer cells.
The protein, called "SPARC", can also prevent cancer cells from expanding to other organs.
Researchers say most tumors have this protein at the beginning, but then lose it, which is what allows the tumor to start growing quickly.
Naveen Said of UVa’s Oncology Department explains that by putting the protein back, the tumor will keep from growing.
“When we add it back to the tumor cells or when we express it back in the tumor cells, they stop growing and behave, and become less aggressive and invasive.”
Researchers say this protein has the potential to treat bladder cancer and ovarian cancer.