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Our research into cancer spread (metastasis)

cancer spreadOne of the biggest challenges in successfully treating cancer is preventing it from spreading around the body, and keeping cancer that has already spread at bay. Most cancer deaths are caused when cancer cells travel to new sites within the body and grow as secondary tumours.

This process - called ‘metastasis’ - is extremely complex and highly challenging to study in the lab. However, Cancer Research UK scientists are using a variety of novel, exciting ways to explore cancer spread and probe the molecules involved.

This work is significantly improving researchers’ understanding of metastasis. And it’s revealing opportunities to develop new treatments designed to stop cancer in its tracks.

Below are some of the highlights of our metastasis research portfolio.

Researcher listing

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Colby Eaton

How does cancer spread to the bones?
Academic Urology Unit

University of Sheffield

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Jeff Evans

Stopping pancreatic cancer from spreading
Institute of Cancer Sciences

University of Glasgow

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Margaret Frame

How do cancer cells spread - and how can we stop them?
Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre

University of Edinburgh

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Robert Insall

Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute

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Alexander Mirnezami

Stopping bowel cancer from spreading

University of Southampton

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Paula Mulvenna

A clinical trial for lung cancer that has spread to the brain

Medical Research Council

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Anne Ridley

Cancer cells on the move
Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics

King's College London

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Erik Sahai

Tracking cancer as it spreads
Tumour Cell Biology Laboratory

London Research Institute

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Victoria Sanz-Moreno

Understanding how skin cancer spreads

King's College London

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Ricky Sharma

Gray Institute for Radiation Oncology and Biology

University of Oxford

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Ali Tavassoli

Cutting off the blood supply

University of Southampton

Updated: 17 September 2009