Cancer Research

Hallmarks of Cancer 5: Growth Signals

Cells talk A continuous chatter exists between the 10 trillion or so cells that make up your body. But cells cannot talk so how do they communicate? Biological communication occurs with the use of small ‘signalling molecules’ that cells produce and release at their surface. These molecules travel over to a neighbouring cell and are picked by specialised ‘receptors’. Just like there are … Continue reading

Cancer Research

Hallmarks of Cancer 1: Invasion and metastasis

Metastasis – a transition from order to disorder  Epithelial cancers account for 85% of human cancers. They are found in the cells that line our organs and tissues, or make up the lining of the cavities inside our bodies. Epithelial cells undergo many changes during cancerous transformation. One of these changes involves the loss of epithelial … Continue reading