London: In a breakthrough, scientists have discovered a revolutionary new technique of slowing down the growth of prostate cancer in men. For the first time experiments have successfully targeted the activity of non-cancerous cells which encourage the tumour to grow. By changing the way these `fibroblast` cells behave, scientists were able to slow down the growth of prostate cancer in mice. The fibroblasts are situated next to cancer cells and, although not cancerous themselves, encourage the cancer to grow. Experts say it could form the basis of `a revolution` in the treatment of the disease. They believe the technique has great potential in humans because some of the cells used were taken from cancer patients. "This is an extremely exciting development that has the potential to form the basis of a revolution in prostate cancer treatments over time if replicated in humans," said lead researcher Dr Axel Thomson, from the Medical Research Council unit in Edinburgh.
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