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Thomas Jefferson University study finds tissue around tumor holds key to fighting triple negative breast cancer

  • Posted: September 20, 2012

A natural substance found in the surrounding tissue of a tumor may be a promising weapon to stop triple negative breast cancer from metastasizing. A preclinical study published in PLOS ONE September 19 by Thomas Jefferson University researchers found that decorin, a well-studied protein known to help halt tumor growth, induces a series of tumor suppressor genes in the surrounding tissue of triple negative breast cancer tumors that help stop metastasis. Thomas Jefferson University is home to the Kimmel Cancer Center.

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