Scientists Develop Way to Stop Breast Cancer from Spreading

Michaela Tsai, MD

[Healthline News, June 10, 2015] In a potentially groundbreaking development, researchers from the University of Sheffield and University of Copenhagen have discovered an enzyme that damages bones before the arrival of breast cancer cells.

The enzyme, Lysyl Oxidase (LOX), is released from the primary tumor. LOX creates holes in bones. It acts as a primer, making it easier for cancer cells to take hold.

“Perhaps the discovery of LOX may help oncologists better determine who will benefit from bisphosphonate treatment,” said Dr. Michaela L. Tsai, a breast oncologist with Minnesota Oncology at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Read the entire post at

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