To Stop Cancer, Understand How It Spreads

Scientists are gaining new insights into what might happen when cancer cells spread in the body, squeezing through — and even dividing in — narrow blood vessels as they go. Researchers say that a better understanding of how cancer spreads in the body could help them learn to treat the disease, as cancer’s ability to spread from one part of the body to another is a leading cause of cancer deaths. A study of how cancer cells are able to elongate and divide to fit through narrow capillary vessels was recently published in ACS Nano.

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