In 2012, over 160 thousand people died from cancer in the UK. Of these, about 90% were a direct consequence of the tumour spreading to new organs. Cancer cells move around the body and form new tumours in areas far away from where the cancer started. For example, breast cancer cells can end up in the liver and skin cancer cells can form new tumours in the lung. This deadly process is known as metastasis and is entirely dependent on the ability of cancer cells to move. Continue reading “My PhD: Cancer cell plasticity, a molecular horror story”