Novel discovery benefits chemo patients

BruceBlause

Monocytes, a type of white blood cell shown above, have been shown to infiltrate the nerve cells to help reduce inflammation caused by chemotherapy drugs. However, they also release compounds that activate the receptors in these nerves, sending signals interpreted as pain by the brain. Scientists hope to target these monocytes to develop better relief for chemotherapy patients. Credit image@ BruceBlause, wikimedia commons

Monocytes, a type of white blood cell shown above, have been shown to infiltrate the nerve cells to help reduce inflammation caused by chemotherapy drugs. However, they also release compounds that activate the receptors in these nerves, sending signals interpreted as pain by the brain. Scientists hope to target these monocytes to develop better relief for chemotherapy patients. Credit image@ BruceBlause, wikimedia commons