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Manchester scientists given funding to research how to stop breast cancer spreading to bone


13 October 2017

A University of Manchester scientist has been awarded nearly £200,000 by a research charity to investigate whether certain drugs can stop breast cancer spreading to the bone.

Dr Robert Clarke was given the grant by Breast Cancer Now on Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day and will use the grant of more than £195,000 for his research on breast cancer stem cells (BCSCs).

Secondary, or metastatic, breast cancer is where the disease spreads to another part of the body, and BCSCs are the cause.

The BCSCs travel to places inside the body like the bone where they can stay inactive and unaffected by treatment.
Once breast cancer spreads it becomes incurable, and almost all of the 11,500 women that die from breast cancer each year in the UK have had their breast cancer spread.

Kathleen Moss, 61, had treatment for her breast cancer in 2011 but found out last year that the cancer had spread to her bones and liver.

Kathleen, from Oldham, said: “Side effects make my feet and fingers permanently numb, my nose bleeds, my hair thins and my fingernails break and fatigue is crippling."

Read the full story in the Manchester Evening News (opens in new window).

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