Lymphatic endothelial cells promote melanoma to spread

Source: E Cancer News, May 2018

Despite the declining death rates for many individual cancer types, mortality for a few cancers has stabilised or even increased.

One of these is melanoma due to its ability, in later stages, to spread to other parts of the body.

Melanoma is considered metastatic – also called Stage IV melanoma – when the cancer cells have spread through the lymph nodes to distant sites in the body, the most often affected being liver, lungs, bones and brain.

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