A universal cancer treatment for a universal cancer marker

September 27, 2017

Study lead author Aurelian Radu, an assistant professor of developmental and regenerative biology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine said, ???This new tumor marker may be used to improve cancer detection??¦Tumor imaging agents that bind to the new marker could be injected in the [body's blood vessel system] and would make visible early tumors located anywhere in the body using magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography, or ultrasound imaging.??? Additionally new treatments ???can be developed that will block the tumor blood supply, either by inhibiting formation of new blood vessels, blocking the blood flow by coagulation, or by destroying the existing tumor vessels.???

Nicolae Ghinea, a French researcher who was part of the team, said an expansion of the research could take years, but ???one can imagine a universal treatment for a universal marker.???

Kairbaan Hodivala-Dilke at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry's Institute of Cancer supported this study saying, ???It's certainly a good marker, and could be especially useful in surgery, which is a bit hit-and-miss at the moment.??? She speculated that with the use of color-labeled antibodies to highlight the edges of a tumor could enable surgeons to ???cut along the dotted line???.