Recent lab experiments at UC Berkeley may provide clues to new cancer treatments that rely on applying physical pressure as their main counter to cancer growth.
In a study involving malignant breast cells, researchers at UC Berkeley found that applying compression to the hazardous cells during the first stages of cell growth can effectively crush the dangerous cells, and even guide them back to normal growth.
Researchers injected the malignant breast cells into flexible chambers, allowing them to be squeezed and pressed. Over time, the malignant cells that received pressure began to grow in a more normal fashion even after the pressure was removed. The cells receiving no-physical compression continued their uncontrolled growth, which can lead to cancer.
If malignant cells have the potential to be guided back to a normal growth pattern, these compression findings could aid in the development of new cancer treatments and self-check procedures – especially when caught in the early stages.
Physical force has always influenced physique, i.e. weightlifters, but it may now be recognized as having healthy side effects on a more fundamental level. While the researchers think that compression bras and therapy in and of itself is likely not the answer, it is certainly a step towards new treatment methods. The American Society for Cell Biology in San Francisco was presented with these findings by the researchers, and hopefully it will receive further review.