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How do hormones drive the growth of some cancers?

  • Researcher: Dr Stéphane Thore
  • Institution: Université de Bordeaux
  • Award Amount: £209,084 for 18 months from June 2014
  • Cancer Type: General Cancer Research
How do hormones drive the growth of some cancers?

Many cancers, including breast, prostate, bowel and pancreatic, are driven to grow and invade nearby tissues by hormones, chemicals produced in the body. Hormones do this by interfering with communication pathways inside the cells, leading to changes in key genes which control how our cells grow, divide and die. The exact molecules and genes the hormones interact with and the effects this has are not fully understood and so with his Worldwide Cancer Research grant Professor Thore aims to investigate this. He hopes that his findings will reveal several ways that hormone-driven cancers could be targeted by new cancer drugs.

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