Monday, September 29, 2014
If I wasn’t already scared…
According to an article posted on Accelerate Brain Tumor Cure “Brain tumors fly under the radar of the body’s defense forces by coating their cells with extra amounts of a specific protein, new research shows.
Like a stealth fighter jet, the coating means the cells evade detection by the early-warning immune system that should detect and kill them. The stealth approach lets the tumors hide until it’s too late for the body to defeat them.”
Now that’s just unfair. We have a hard enough time killing the little buggers when we find them. And, disturbingly, these occur in “…some of the most dangerous brain tumors, called high grade malignant gliomas.”
Learning that lethal gliomas have stealth capacity is just another reason to sleep uneasily.
Here’s a link to the article I originally read: http://abc2.org/article/brain-tumors-fly-under-radar-stealth-jets-new-u-m-research-suggests
And here’s a link to the original abstract in the journal Cancer Research: http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/early/2014/07/18/0008-5472.CAN-14-1203.abstract
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