Tumor signaling can stop development of secondary tumors in the case of some breast cancers
Pressing the pause button for breast cancer development - latest science news headlines

A team of scientists has discovered an interesting fact about some types of breast cancers: they have a “pause button”! When cancer cells break away from the primary tumor, they travel in the body and eventually grow into dangerous secondary tumors. However, the study showed that the initial tumor can signal the immune system to follow the runaway cells and ‘freeze’ them. In this paused state, the cells cannot grow anymore, stopping secondary tumor growth. The research was performed in mice, however, there are indications that the same process likely happens in humans.

Read the full story: Garvan Institute of Medical Research
Scientific publication: Nature Cell BIology