Mayo: Possible treatment to stop cancer from spreading

Adrienne Broaddus, KARE 9:04 p.m. EDT June 17, 2015

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Bladder, blood, bone, brain, lung and kidney are examples of late stage cancers that researchers with the Mayo Clinic say could be stopped in their tracks.

An international research team led by Mayo Clinic oncologists has found a new way to identify and possibly stop the progression of many late-stage cancers.

Dr. Konstantinos Lazaridis, the associate director at the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, said the new approach can turn off the genes that prevent cancer from growing.

"This is a huge step. We have to understand what is behind this process to attack it effectively," Lazaridis said.

Lazaridis said the test and a potential treatment are based on an emerging discipline of medical research called epigenomics. That is the complex biological process through which individual cells read their genetic blueprints and then determine what type of tissue to become.

"We may be able to screen people earlier with new methods that can prevent the development of cancer if we know what predisposes them to development disease," Lazaridis said.

Meanwhile, anyone interested in the experimental treatment should visit http://mayoresearch.mayo.edu/center-for-individualized-medicine/