Italians in brain metastasis discovery

Turin team help make breakthrough that could improve treatments

(ANSA) - Turin, July 5 - A team of doctors at Turin's Molinette hospital has contributed to a breakthrough that could lead to improve therapies to treat brain metastases. The discovery regards the biological mechanism behind brain metastasis.
    The team from Molinette hospital's neuro-oncology department, together with researchers in Madrid, say that the growth of metastases in the brain coming from lung and breast tumours is facilitated by the presence of a molecular factor that affects the healthy cells that were considered a defensive barrier.
    A study on the discovery has been published in the Nature Medicine journal.