Jennifer's research answers the urgent need to stop prostate cancer spreading. Your support could fund her scientific investigations and move forward with improving the lives of patients.
When prostate cancer spreads to bones, men die sooner and experience severe pain and fractures. Dr Jennifer Munkley’s team aim to stop this from happening using an innovative sugar-targeting approach.
Whatever our weight, the cells in our bodies are coated with sugars. Cancer can make changes to these sugars to help itself survive, grow and spread.
Dr Munkley’s team have identified three particular ‘glycan sugars’ that are found at very high levels in men whose cancer has spread. This suggests that these sugars are important to the tumour, and that stopping them could be the basis of a new cancer treatment.
There are already existing drugs used to treat other diseases that can stop glycan sugars working. Dr Munkley’s team want to find out if these drugs can also be used to stop prostate cancer spreading.
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