How lung cancer cells disguise themselves to evade chemo

New research has revealed the chameleonic abilities of lung cancer cells: by adopting the traits of cells from other major organs, lung cancer cells may escape chemotherapy. The findings open up paths for more targeted therapies.

 

Cancer cells (shown here with lymphocytes) may have the ability to change their appearance and behavior to escape treatment.

Lung cancer is now the leading cause of cancer-related death, both worldwide and in the United States.

The disease also has one of the lowest survival rates — partly because lung cancer tumors are either treatment-resistant from the start or they develop resistance to treatment over time.

New research suggests that one reason behind why cancer cells can escape chemotherapy is due to their ability to adopt characteristics of cells from neighboring organs.

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