Does Cancer Grow More Aggressively at Night?

October 24, 2014 11:14 AM

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Scientists studying relationships between different types of cells have encountered some new and potentially important information about how -- and when -- cancerous tumors grow most aggressively. According to a new study, cancerous tumors may grow faster at night, during the hours typically taken up by sleep. Their discovery may point the way toward new, circadian-aligned strategies for treating cancer.

Researchers at Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science have found evidence that suggests some cancers may grow more quickly during nighttime, resting hours than during the waking day.

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