Researchers find genetic key to breast cancer

New research led by investigators at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) sheds light on a genetic function that gives breast cancer cells the ability to survive and spread to the bone years after treatment has been administered.

The findings support the study of therapies that target this survival capacity and force the death of latent breast cancer cells before they get a chance to metastasize, or spread a problem that accounts for a majority of breast cancerrelated deaths. The research will be published in the July 7 issue of Cancer Cell.

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