A new technology will finally allow doctors to see cancer in the act. Cancer researchers for the first time can see how cancer cells destroy parts of the body with a "street view" system.
Australian immunologist Edwin Hawkins made this startling discovery. When fully-utilized, it can revolutionize cancer research
towards various kinds of diseases.
Edwin Hawkins (from Walter and Eliza Hall Institute)
This can lead to treatment on the most elusive kinds of cancer including melanoma, prostate and breast cancer.
This system has allowed Hawkins and his peers to see how the bone of leukemia patients are attacked by cancer cells. The street view "zooms" in to spy on the rabid invaders.
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"Street View" on Cancer Cells (from Walter and Eliza Hall Institute)[/caption]
"It was like watching students at a house party trashing a place when the parents were away," he said.
In a video from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute as viewed in The Age
, the four-year research will potentially lead to various medical breakthroughs. This is especially in the quite-elusive field of cancer, which has caused quite a pain to researchers.
Hawkins in particular was researching about acute lymphoblastic leukemia before stumbling upon the street view. It is a common kind of leukemia that starts from lymphocytes or young white blood cells.
New view for cancer research
The street view system allowed Hawkins to explain why leukemia causes debilitating bone pain. Zooming in on the baddies revealed that it was in fact the cancer cells that attack the bones
"Street View" on Cancer Cells (from Walter and Eliza Hall Institute)
This research can provide a lot of insights to how cancer cells affect cancer and leukemia relapse patients.
In fact, the street view concluded cancer cells were on full throttle around the body. This debunked the theory that cancer cells hide inside the bone marrow to avoid detection.
This new technology will help cancer researchers develop treatments to avoid the spreading of these cells around the body.
Source: The Age