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How cancer cells communicate & what that means for treatment

Dr. Rachel Willand-Charnley
Rachel Willand-Charnley, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at South Dakota State University.

This interview originally aired on In the Moment on SDPB Radio.

Rachel Willand-Charnley, Ph.D., communicated their research with Lori Walsh the way humans do—that's through speech. Dr. Willand-Charnley's work explores how cells communicate with each other—that's through their sugar coats.

A cancer cell can use its sugar coat to deceptively appear like a normal cell to the immune system. This means cancer cells can hide in plain sight. Dr. Willand-Charnley, who uses the pronoun they, hopes to change that.

They join In the Moment to dive into the biochemistry behind their work, how it could one day translate into treatments and who their research is for.

Lori Walsh is the host and senior producer of In the Moment.