I'm currently in high school and I am working on a cancer research project. My project consists of a cancer, and different ways to treat it. I have a set of benign tumor and I was thinking of immediate way of treating it without using a drug like Taxol to destroy parts of the cell is to simply remove the tumor.
However, I remembered learning about a 1 1/2 years ago about a substance that tumors release to stimulate the growth of blood vessels towards them, but this same substance suppresses the release of itself by another tumor (hopefully this makes some sense). I made some drawings that are attached here:
Scenario 1: The 1st tumor in the blood flow releases an unknown substance, which promotes blood vessel growth, but suppresses the release of the same substance from another tumor behind it.
Scenario 2: The 1st tumor is removed, and now the 2nd tumor starts to release the substance, because the 1st tumor's release is not suppressing the 2nd tumor's release anymore.
Does anyone know the name of this substance, and can someone help me learn more about it? Thanks.