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Biotherapy. 1992;4(1):23-30.

Spontaneous regression of cancer: new insights.

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Department of Oncology, St. Thomas' Hospital, London, UK.


Suppression of oncogene expression and of host- or tumour-expressed growth factors and receptors may precipitate spontaneous regression or dormancy in human cancer. Loss of oncogenes necessary for progressive proliferation can lead to differentiation changes. Both natural factors and chemical agents can trigger such a change, and of the naturally occurring agents, growth factors and immunological factors have been most studied. We may find new clues to biological methods of prolonging arrest of cancer, by looking for cytogenetic abnormalities, alterations in oncogene expression and immunocytological composition, in patients showing prolonged dormancy of cancer.

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