in the Blood
In a way, scientists
studying cancer are putting together a puzzle with thousands of
pieces and no idea of how many pieces it will take to finish the
Cancer is like
that - a complex disease involving millions of cells and the complex
signals between them. When a small number of these signals go awry,
cells grow out of control or do not die when they're supposed to.
The result is one of the more than 100 malignant diseases that we
It's a good
thing researchers like Joseph Tuscano, an assistant professor of
medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at UC Davis
Medical Center, likes puzzles. His particular interests are leukemia,
lymphoma and myeloma - cancers of the body's blood, bone marrow
and immune system cells.
malignancies like breast or prostate cancer, leukemia, lymphoma
and myeloma cause malignant white blood cells to circulate throughout
the body in the blood and the bone marrow. More than 100,000 people
are diagnosed with these diseases each year. About 60,000 die from
particularly interested in B cells - the white blood cells that
make up the human immune system - and signal transduction, the study
of how chemical messages are sent from one cell to another, passing
through the cell membrane and into the nucleus.
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