Scientists key in on triple negative breast cancer "switch"

  • By Sharon Salyer
  • Wednesday, January 16, 2013 10:22am
  • Life

Cornell University scientists think they have discovered the molecular switch that allows aggressive triple negative breast cancer cells to grow amoeba-like protrusions and crawl away from a tumor and spread throughout the body.

Triple negative breast cancer is one of the most deadly types of breast cancer.

The findings, published in Cancer Cell, suggest a new approach could be developed to treat the cancer once it has spread.

“Metastasis can be lethal, and our findings point to potential targeted treatments to stop the spread of this aggressive breast cancer,” said Dr. Vivek Mittal, an associate professor of cell and developmental biology.

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