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How do drugs block ovarian cancer from spreading?

To grow and spread, ovarian cancer tumor cells have to duplicate and move. Scientists are studying how to block these cells’ built-in program that allows them to replicate and migrate. For example, blocking Aurora A kinase (a protein that cells need in order to copy themselves and migrate) might stop cancers from spreading and allow certain drugs to work better. Early studies show that a combination of a drug that blocks Aurora A kinase with the cancer drug paclitaxel works better than either drug alone. The drug combination is now in clinical trials with ovarian cancer patients.

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