Scientists probe aspirin's role in cancer treatment
The Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, Melbourne have made an important discovery about how cancer spreads, Samantha Donovan for the Drum.
Researchers have known for years that common drugs like aspirin can help cancer patients, but they were not sure why.
Now they have found a link between drugs like aspirin and the ability for cancer tumours to spread in the body.
The institute's associate professor Steven Stacker says the discovery unlocks a range of potential new pathways for treating cancer.
"Hopefully this insight is going to be very important to understanding how these drugs may work and in fact how the lymphatic vessels may really contribute to a tumour metastasis," he said.