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Breast cancer caught in the act of spreading

February 5, 2013

An analysis of breast cancer cells captured as they escape from primary tumours has provided the best clinical evidence to date in favour of a popular theory of cancer metastasis.

The work, published this week in Science, also unveils an improved method for plucking tumour cells from blood, a technique that may one day allow physicians and researchers to track the spread of cancer without resorting to invasive biopsies.

“It’s very exciting,” says Caroline Dive, a Cancer Research UK researcher at the University of Manchester. “It’s paving the way for an explosion of studies looking at these circulating tumour cells.”

Written by Heidi Ledford, at Nature. Continue HERE.

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