Chemotherapy is an extremely aggressive way to treat cancer because it’s indiscriminate about which cells it kills, cancerous or healthy. But it’s at least thought to be effective, which is why a new study suggesting chemotherapy can sometimes encourage cancer growth is shocking doctors.
You’d think that a tumour shrinking would be considered good news for anyone suffering from cancer. Maybe not. Scientists have found that a type of cancer treatment aimed at shrinking tumours can actually make them spread more efficiently and kill patients quicker.
A 2000 study called The Hallmarks of Cancer is the most-referenced paper in the journal Cell, one of the most influential journals in the world. Turns out that paper might be wrong.