Breast cancer: Tumor growth fueled by bone marrow cells

New research, published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine,reveals a novel mechanism that fuels tumor growth in breast cancer and may have a negative impact on a person’s outlook. However, the findings might also help scientists develop individually tailored treatments that target breast cancer tumors more precisely.

Neta Erez, a senior lecturer in the department of pathology at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University in Israel, is the first author of the new paperthat details a novel tumor growth mechanism in breast cancer.

As the scientists note in their study, breast cancer is still “one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in women in the Western world,” despite the intense research efforts in the medical community and public awareness campaigns.

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