10/30/2010 // US // Get Cancer Answers // News Desk

U.S. – A new study suggests some cancer cells survive chemotherapy treatments by hiding. As reported by LiveScience.com, researchers found in an animal study that the cells may be shielded from treatment by hiding in the thymus, which may be an indicator for why patients can relapse.

Study researcher Michael Hemann, an assistant professor of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is quoted in the report as stating of the findings, “This is clearly an unexpected mechanism by which tumor cells can survive chemotherapy… It remains to be seen how widespread this mechanism is, but it may, in part, explain why it is so difficult to fully eradicate certain tumors.”

More information about the study may be found in the Oct. 29 publication of the Cell journal.

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