Microtentacles and Metastasis

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Title: Microtentacles and Metastasis
Description: Epifluorescence microscopy of microtentacles forming on the surface of a breast tumor cell in a free-floating microenvironment. Microtentacles may play a role in tumor metastasis by helping cancer cells attach to blood vessel walls in distant parts of the body. New therapies that inhibit microtentacles could help reduce metastasis. Since microtentacles respond rapidly to drug treatments, drugs could be quickly tested for individual patients to improve precision medicine.

This image was originally submitted as part of the 2016 NCI Cancer Close Up project and selected for exhibit.
Topics/Categories: Cancer Types -- Breast Cancer
Cells or Tissue -- Abnormal Cells or Tissue
Type: Color, Photo (JPEG format)
Source: National Cancer Institute \ Univ. of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center
Creator: Stuart S. Martin
Date Created: July 2009
Date Added: April 11, 2016
Reuse Restrictions: None - This image is in the public domain and can be freely reused. Please credit the source and, where possible, the creator listed above.