Restoring flawed tumor vessels could lead to better cancer treatments

Researchers led by Peter Carmeliet (VIB-KU Leuven) have found a novel way to normalize the dysfunctional blood vessels that are typical for tumors. Those vessels play a pivotal role in cancer metastasis, as their fragility and permeability allows cancer cells to escape through blood stream and invade other organs. By manipulating blood vessel cells' sugar metabolism, the scientists were able to 'cool down' their overheated engines and create a healthy and structured blood vessel network.

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