Breast Tumors Boost Their Growth by Recruiting Cells Formed in the Bone Marrow

THE ROCKEFELLER UNIVERSITY | November 26, 2018

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Researchers in Israel have discovered that breast tumors can boost their growth by recruiting stromal cells originally formed in the bone marrow. The study, which will be published November 23 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, reveals that the recruitment of bone marrow-derived fibroblasts lowers the odds of surviving breast cancer, but suggests that targeting these cells could be an effective way of treating the disease.

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