SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It sounds like a line from a movie: altering the matrix, but it's part of a cancer research project happening at Maine Medical Center in Scarborough.
It's a completely different way to look at treating breast cancer, and could eventually help treat most strands of cancer.
Senior scientist Dr. Peter Brooks grew up on a farm in Maine and thought to compare cancer cell recreation to the way a seed grows in the ground.
He found that cancer cells alter the collagen surrounding them, or the matrix fibers; essentially tilling up the soil, which brings nutrients to the surface that the cell then connects to and grows from.
His team developed an antibody called D93, which they can inject into the body. It will then find an altered matrix and connect to it before the cell does, preventing the cell from connecting, growing, and creating other cells.
Dr. Brooks has been working on the research for 13 years, but in the last 2 years, they've started clinical trials in humans. He says the results have been promising, but they're still in the early stages.