Can Surgery to Remove Cancer Spread the Disease?

Can Surgery to Remove Cancer Spread the Disease?

A new study, published in the April 2018 issue of Science Translational Medicine , explores a long-standing question in the oncology field — how the wound-healing process following cancer surgery may influence the growth and spread of residual cancer cells. Studies show that breast cancer metastasis (cancer that has spread from the site of the original tumor) sometimes occurs 12 to 18 months following surgery, says Robert Weinberg, PhD , the senior author of the new study, a professor of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, and a member of the Whitehead Institute, which is affiliated...

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