14 Aug 2009

New treatment may help stop spread of cancer

9:19 pm on 14 August 2009

Scientists in America say they have discovered what they believe is a potentially important medical treatment that could prevent the spread of cancer in humans.

The team from Boston says a compound called Salinomycin, which they tested in mice, killed 100 times more cancer stems cells than a standard chemotherapy drug, the BBC reports.

Cancer stem cells are thought to control tumour growth but have until now been hard to destroy.

Researchers believe this could lead to a whole new way of treating cancer.