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White Blood Cells May Play Role In Spread Of Cancer

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White blood cells, the body's defense against infection, could actually play a role in spreading cancer, according to a new study in animals.

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Dee C (229)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 1:15 pm
Scientists from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre found that an infection defense "web" called the Neutrophils Extracellular Traps, which works by trapping harmful pathogens in the body, also seems to trap and activate cancer cells circulating in the body. By doing so, it makes the spread of cancer -- or metastasis -- more likely.

In that same vein, researchers also found that using medication to disrupt this "web" seems to curb the spread and growth of cancer. The findings are published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

"Our first clue of this association was from our previous research, which showed that severe infection in cancer patients after surgery results in a higher chance that patients will have the cancer return in the form of cancer metastasis," study researcher Dr. Lorenzo Ferri, who is the director of the Division of Thoracic Surgery and Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer Program at the university, said in a statement. "This led us to investigate the cellular players in the infection, notably neutrophils, the first and most numerous of the white blood cells that are used by the immune system fight off infections."

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Kerrie G (116)
Monday July 8, 2013, 1:00 am
Interesting, thanks. ;)

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Monday July 8, 2013, 5:39 am
Noted with thanks. Sounds scary, as my WBC count is on the higher side.....

Patricia H. (440)
Monday July 8, 2013, 6:12 am

marie C (163)
Monday July 8, 2013, 4:22 pm
Thanks Dee
Just lost my dear cousin who was more like a brother to me

Nelson Baker (0)
Monday July 8, 2013, 4:29 pm

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Teresa Fazackerley (395)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 5:28 am
noted, thank you Dee, ..... very interesting
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