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Can Primary Tumors Program Cancer Cells to Become Dormant and Evade Therapy?

Julio A. Aguirre-Ghiso, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Hematology, and Medical Oncology at the Tisch Cancer Institute Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is leading a study on dormant cancer cells and their connection to relapse in patients. The research involves implanting a device with a diameter of 1mm into a tumor that subsequently releases factors into the surrounding area, essentially creating a microenvironment ripe for imaging and molecular analysis of the tumor’s behavior. Dr. Aguirre-Ghiso hopes this research will reveal the mechanisms behind tumor-signaling and the reactivation of dormant cancer cells.

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