Prostate Cancer Might Need a Little Help from the Nerves


For many years, researchers have known that cancers need a system of support to grow and metastasize. The so-called tumor microenvironment—the still normal tissue in which tumors grow, the blood vessels that feed this tissue (and the tumor), and the immune cells found in most tissues—is co-opted by the cancer cells to change in such a way as to support their growth. Analysis of the tumor microenvironment and how it affects the tumor (and vice versa) is the focus of intense research. Continue reading…