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Nat Rev Cancer. 2001 Oct;1(1):46-54.

Putting tumours in context.

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  • 1Division of Life Sciences, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California 99720, USA. mjbissell@lbl.gov

Abstract

The interactions between cancer cells and their micro- and macroenvironment create a context that promotes tumour growth and protects it from immune attack. The functional association of cancer cells with their surrounding tissues forms a new 'organ' that changes as malignancy progresses. Investigation of this process might provide new insights into the mechanisms of tumorigenesis and could also lead to new therapeutic targets.

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PMC2975572
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