Food may influence cancer spread
A new study finds that certain foods may help breast cancer to spread.
CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND — New research has found that breast tumors in mice struggled without the nutrient asparagine in their diets.
The study, published in the journal Nature, looked at mice with an aggressive form of breast cancer.
Asparagine is found in asparagus, poultry, seafood and many other foods, according to the BBC. It is an amino acid, a key building block of protein.
Scientists from the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute found that when mice were given a low-asparagine diet or asparagine blocking drugs, tumor growth struggled in the mice.
"In the future, by modifying a patient's diet or by using drugs that change the way that tumor cells can access these nutrients we hope to improve outcomes in therapy," said Prof. Greg Hannon, the BBC reported.
Cancer tumors become deadly when the cancer spreads throughout the body (metastasises).
Cancer cells need to go through considerable changes before they can spread throughout the body.
Researchers believe it is this process for which asparagine is needed, however further studies are needed.
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