Cancer cells: how does migration and accumulation happen?

A recent international study may have uncovered the explanation for how tumors travel and gravitate. Cancer cells have the ability to feel the rigidity of the environment. Their freedom to move depends on the environment. Research has shown that they may have a weak point of stiffness (a point that is neither too hard nor too soft). This point allows you to have better traction and to move faster, affecting the direction of movement. Cancer cells have always been thought to move in rather rigid environments. Now it has been discovered that they prefer the weak point of rigidity.

The study team looked at brain and breast cancer . He placed the cancer cells in a stiffer and a softer area. Then they looked at them to see where they accumulated. They found that breast cancer cells adhere more to harsh environments, as per previous studies. However, if this original genetic mechanism is deactivated, they are directed towards the central part.


We are basically decoding the way cancer cells invade tissues. They don’t just move randomly, but they have particular ways they like to move, and if we can figure that out, we may be able to thwart their development.


The first goal for the researchers is to build a simulator that shows the movement of cancer cells through the entire cancer. Here, so we will understand their movement according to their respective environment.

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