Metastasis explained by cancer cell ‘chasing’ action

Cancer cells are attracted by healthy cells, enabling them to move around the body and form secondary tumors, research suggests.

Scientists observed ‘chase’ and ‘run’ behaviour between neural crest cells and placode cells respectively. They propose that cancer cells interact with healthy cells in a similar way, following them as they move around the body.

This movement is known to be the cause of dangerous secondary tumors. Researchers hope this discovery will provide a new target for cancer treatment.

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