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...

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...

Why breast cancer is more dangerous for new moms

Breast cancers that emerge after a woman gives birth are significantly more deadly. Those diagnosed within five years of childbirth are about three times more likely to spread and give rise to...

Tracking metastasis with cell-free DNA

Sequencing the fragments of tumor DNA that circulate in blood may give a more accurate picture of a patient’s metastatic cancer than can be obtained from biopsies. Researchers at the OHSU Knight...