Tumor cells can be created in a body due to different genetic disorders. These cells are important to be taken care of due to the fact that they might turn to be cancerous. The main mystery was knowing what was the reason behind tumor cells being created in the body. Furthermore, tumor cells tend to grow larger according to a phenomena in the body that is yet to be explained.
However, a recent study conducted by a team of researchers from MIT, have discovered a new observation carried out by the body that might explain why tumors grow. This observation includes the production of a certain substance in the body that tumor cells feed in to grow.
This fluid is the fluid that surrounds the pancreas. The discovery shows that the tumor cells will absorb this fluid which causes it to grow larger. The study was led by an associate professor of biology at MIT and a member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research called Matthew Vander Heiden.
Dr. Matthew commented on his results saying, “It’s kind of an obvious statement that the tumor environment is important, but I think in cancer research the pendulum had swung so far toward genes, people tended to forget that. That work, and similar results from a couple of other groups around the world, suggested that environment matters a lot.”
This study will unleash new ways to help prevent tumors from absorbing the fluid and thus reducing risks of tumors.