New PET technique reveals dormant cancer cells, researchers report

03/4/2014 |

Scientists from Imperial College London were able to detect dormant cancer cells using PET to highlight the abundant glycogen stores seen in cancer sleeper cells. These cells escape treatment with drugs that zero in on the high metabolic activity of active tumors, and they are often a source of cancer recurrence. The technique could be used to assess treatment response and warn of potential relapse. Study details appear in the journal Cancer Research.

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