The process of breast cancer’s spread into the brain involves the “N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor” (NMDAR), which is found on the cell membranes of neurons and is involved in the transmission of nerve impulses, scientists at EPFL’s Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC) have discovered[1]. One of the biggest problems with any type of cancer is… Read more

A mechanism by which cancers in remission can spring back into action has been identified by scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). The knowledge has inspired a new treatment idea designed to prevent cancer recurrence and metastasis. Even after successful cancer treatment, dormant, non-dividing cancer cells that previously detached from the original tumor may… Read more

A previously unseen ‘ecosystem’ in advanced breast cancer, in which the primary breast tumour emits signals that halt the growth of secondary tumours elsewhere in the body, has been found in a new study co-led by Australia’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research. The spread of cancer beyond the original tumour — known as metastasis —… Read more

The mechanism which allows breast cancer cells to lie dormant in other parts of the body, only to reemerge years later with lethal force, has been identified in new research. In experiments with human cells and live mice, investigators showed that disabling the mechanism — with drugs or gene manipulation — crippled the cancer cells… Read more

An amino acid called asparagine is key to breast cancer’s spread, report researchers who found that by restricting it in mice, they could stop cancer cells from invading other parts of the body. Most breast cancer patients don’t die from their primary tumor, but instead from metastasis, or the spread of cancer to the lungs… Read more