Migration is tough! The International committee for the Red Cross states that “… on their journey, migrants face multiple risks and high degree of vulnerability”, and adds “Thousands (of migrants) die or disappear along the way every year.” Similarly, a cancer cell faces challenges related to migration and the seemingly impossible task of survival during the process of metastasis, the spread of cancer through the body. Upon reaching such distant sites, cancer cells can seed and form secondary tumors called metastases. Needless to say, there are some factors that shape the success of these cancer cells before they even leave the tumor in the first place.
To read more of my latest article on @OncoBites about how cancer cells cope with the challenges they face during migration through our body and find ways to adapt and survive: