Last year in the UK over 60,000 cancer patients enrolled on clinical trials aimed at improving cancer treatments and making them available to all.
A study looking at cancer cells in fluid drained from the tummy (abdomen) of people with advanced abdominal cancer
This study was testing a way of finding and studying a gene that may help explain why cancer cells do not die off like normal cells.
In adults, normal cells do not grow and divide into 2 new cells very often. But cancer cells do this an unlimited number of times. This is why cancers keep on growing. Scientists had found a protein (enzyme) in cells which could help explain why cancer cells do not die off like normal cells. This enzyme is called telomerase. The
Researchers wanted to understand more about the telomerase gene. They hoped to study cells from people with cancer who had a build up of fluid in their tummy area (abdomen). This fluid (ascites) was drained in a procedure called
- How many cancer cells could be found in ascitic fluid
- If it was possible to find the telomerase gene in these cancer cells
Summary of results
We have contacted the trial team who tell us there are no results available from this study.
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Prof Jeff Evans
Cancer Research UK
Chief Scientist Office (CSO)
Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC)
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Hospital Trust
University of Glasgow