How does cancer spread to the bones?
About Colby Eaton
Dr Colby Eaton and his team at Sheffield University are studying the way breast and prostate cancers spread to the bones. He wants to understand more about what happens to cancer cells when they first arrive in the bone after spreading from a tumour somewhere else in the body.
Scientists think that only certain cancer cells are able to survive and grow in the bone, and Dr Eaton is investigating whether this is the case or not. Dr Eaton and his team also want to find out about how bone cells control the behaviour of cancer cells once they arrive in the bones.
It is harder to treat cancer that has spread to the bones, and it can cause pain and fractures. So improving treatments or finding ways of preventing cancer spreading to the bones would make a big difference to patients.
Other research projects by Colby Eaton
Funding period: 01 October 2010 to 30 September 2014