"Reduce fats to fight metastasis"

The radio programme "La Poma de Newton" on science, research and innovation, broadcasted by Catalunya Informació and presented by Purificación Barceló, echoes on the study led by ICREA researcher Salvador Aznar Benitah, Group leader of the Stem Cells and Cancer Laboratory at IRB Barcelona. This study identifies the cells responsible for initiating and promoting metastasis in several types of human tumours.

"When the tumours of patients that have been identified to be predisposed toward developing metastasis are stimulated with a high-fat diet or high levels of palmitic acid, they become more aggressive. Depending on the patient, a tumour is 10 or 15 times more metastatic when fed with higher levels of these fats," explains Salvador Aznar Benitah.

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