Disseminated breast cancer cells use bone marrow growth factors for metastasis formation

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Why does it often take years or even decades before metastases become manifest in breast cancer patients, although cancer cells disseminate into other organs such as bone marrow as early as shortly after formation of the primary tumor? A team of researchers headed by Professor Christoph Klein at the University of Regensburg and at Fraunhofer ITEM in Regensburg addressed this question. The researchers have published new findings on the mechanism of metastatic spread in "Nature Communications".