Cancer cell fusion study showcased in Science

Cell fusion is one of the ways that tumors can gain abilities to become life-threatening and resist treatment, Melissa Wong, Ph.D., and colleagues first reported last year. The paper now is one of...

Eleven inspired projects underway with Knight Cancer pilot funds

Exploring immune therapy combinations to stop aggressive breast cancers. Unraveling the gene changes that make juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia so difficult-to-treat. Developing a biomarker to guide...

Long after childbirth, a persistent risk for metastatic breast cancer

Breast cancers that emerge after a woman gives birth are significantly more likely to spread and become life-threatening. And this elevated risk endures for at least 10 years, a new study has...

Studies reveal new ways to fight a deadly leukemia

One study shows how it may be possible to stop acute myeloid leukemia by targeting a hidden population of cells that support the cancer. Another reveals how AML evolves to evade anti-cancer drugs,...

New path to stop drug-resistant breast cancer

Even when anti-cancer drugs appear to eliminate tumors, a resistant few malignant cells can survive and allow cancers to resume a fatal onslaught. Researchers at OHSU in Portland have revealed a...

A potential way to reduce the risk of postpartum breast cancers

Breast cancers that emerge in young women within a few years after pregnancy are strikingly more dangerous. A new study suggests that the common pain reliever ibuprofen might work as a preventive...

Tumor cells fuse with immune cells and become more aggressive

Egg and sperm cells fuse together to begin a unique new life. Certain muscle and bone cells fuse together during development to gain new properties. But cell fusion also is a process that cancer...