"Talking" Between Tumors and Bodies is Focus of James Study

James researchers hope that targeting "talking" between tumors and patients’ bodies can stop cancer growth in its tracks.

By focusing on the microenvironments inside patients’ bodies in which cancers grow, researchers think they may be able to shut down signals sent to immune cells that result in increases in nutrition and blood supply to tumors.

If doctors are able to stop that communication, they can then turn their attention to the tumors themselves with surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, which could lead to more successful treatment outcomes.