Recent News: Tumor Microenvironment

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Don't Scratch That Mole? Scientists Are Learning More about Inflammation and Cancer

It's not only what's inside your cells that determines your cancer risk. It's what surrounds them too.

A doctor examines a mole.

Finding

Cancer Cells Eat Fat to Grow and Spread

Research conducted in zebrafish shows that melanoma cells have an affinity for fat, and that eating it makes them more aggressive.

Large cells filled with yellow-colored fat

In the Lab

Escape Artists: Cancer Cells Mimic Immune Cell Activity to Spread

Researchers have discovered that cancer cells may hijack an immune response to spread from a primary tumor to distant organs.

Illustration of cells with blue nuclei that have green DNA bits floating in the cytoplasm

In the Lab

Nanoparticles Help Drugs Target Head and Neck Cancers with Reduced Side Effects

Researchers devised a novel method to ferry drugs to head and neck cancers using nanoparticles that naturally stick to a protein in tumor blood vessels.

Medical illustration of nanoparticle spheres attacking cancer cell, which is beginning to disintegrate.

In the Lab

Origin Story: Finding on Macrophage Development Challenges Long-Held View

A surprising finding challenges long-held dogma about how certain immune cells develop into specialized types in diverse tissues.

Electronic microscope enlargement of macrophage cell (tinted green)

In the Lab

Hacking Metastasis: Nanotechnology Researchers Find New Way to Target Tumors

A protein in blood vessels that plays a role in cancer metastasis is a promising target for delivering cancer drugs to tumors using nanoparticles.

Metastatic tumor in the lung, with different colors used to represent the cell nuclei, the blood vessels, and the P-selectin protein.

In the Lab

In the Fight against Cancer, the Immune System Can Be a Double-Edged Sword

The immune system is a powerful tool for fighting cancer — sometimes too powerful.

photo of Foxo1 protein stained in regulatory T cells

In the Lab

Researchers Find Clues to How Breast Cancer Can Infiltrate the Brain

A new study sheds light on what enables breast cancer cells to spread to the brain and presents a potential target for drugs.

Pictured: Johanna Joyce

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What Is Tumor Heterogeneity?

Understanding tumor heterogeneity may be the next big quest in cancer science, as differences between cells within a tumor can have important consequences for how cancers are diagnosed and treated.

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