Stress hormones promote metastasis of breast cancer
Researchers from the University of Basel and the University Hospital of Basel recently uncovered the molecular mechanisms that link breast cancer metastases with increased stress hormones. For their studies, the scientists around Prof. Mohamed Bentires-Alj investigated the form of the so-called triple negative breast cancer. It is a particularly aggressive type of cancer which is named after the receptors it does not have – the estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor or HER-2 receptor – which are used to divide the surface of cancer cells. The triple negative cancer is resistant to standard therapies and offers patients fewer treatment options.
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