Double block of blood vessels to starve cancerous tumors
A novel strategy of blocking the growth of blood vessels with antibodies should result in improved treatment of cancerous tumors. The growth of new blood vessels from pre-existing vasculature is called angiogenesis. In adults, angiogenesis occurs only during wound healing and menstrual cycling, but is abundant and harmful in cancerous tumors and the old-age eye disease frequently leading to blindness called age-related macular degeneration. Without the formation of new blood vessels, tumors cannot grow beyond a small size due to lack of oxygen and nutrients.
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