Two cancers originating from different organs share very similar genetic mechanisms when they become invasive. A microscopic image of small cell neuroendocrine prostate cancer. Credit: UCLA
Aggressive prostate and lung cancers share similar mechanisms - health science news - cancer

The development of late-stage prostate and lung cancers is similar in the genetic mechanisms that underly their aggressivity, according to a new study.

Even if initially they are genetically very different, when they reach the small cells stage (highly malignant cancer) they become almost identical.

Discovery of the shared mechanisms could lead to a better understanding of invasive cancers and may help to discover the “master genes” that regulate cancer development and spreading.

Read the full story: University of California, Los Angeles
Scientific publication: Science