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Study: Drug may stop spread of breast cancer cells

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (KTTC) -- Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida have identified a drug that may stop the spread of breast cancer cells.

The drug decitabine is used to treat blood cancers now, but tests in animals show promise to stop the spread of breast cancer.

Decitabine is a demethylating agent, which means it can switch on beneficial genes that cancer has silenced in order to spread.

In the case of stopping the spread of breast cancer, decitabine switches on a gene coding for protein kinase D1 (PRKD1). That protein halts the ability of cancer cells to separate from a tumor and spread to other organs.

The findings appear in a study published online in Breast Cancer Research.

  

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