Brown researchers find potential target for aggressive cancer cells

A team of Brown University scientists have published findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal that suggest a potential target for aggressive cancer cells that tend to be resistant to chemotherapy, a potential breakthrough in the fight against cancer.

One of the biggest challenges in treating cancer patients is a process called intratumor heterogeneity -- multiple types of cancer cells in the same tumor. At times, these cells can evolve and become resistant to radiation treatment.

But a new study found that these giant cancer cells -- polyploidal giant cancer cells (PGCCs) -- undergo a different type of cell division and therefore can be targeted differently.

For more information on this groundbreaking research and the team of scientists who discovered the breakthrough, check out the story on News at Brown.

Study discovers potential target for treating aggressive cancer cells