Journal article

Cannibalism in Breast Cancer: The Dangers of Overeating

Sue Haupt, Simon P Keam, Ygal Haupt

Trends in Cancer | CELL PRESS | Published : 2019


Cancer cells devouring their neighbours to survive drug treatment is an abhorrent concept. Yet it holds hope for exploring new anticancer treatments. Tonnessen-Murray et al. adopted elegant cell-labelling methods using real-time microscopy to observe 'cellular gorging' by drug-treated cells. They discovered that in response to drug treatment, cells that became 'cannibals' were able to outlive their unindulged neighbours.