Genes May Predict Metastatic Breast Cancer – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Metastatic breast cancer is an aggressive form of the disease in which the cancerous tumor cells have spread to organs throughout the body.
Dr. Hunter: Once it’s spread, it’s a problem.
Narrator: Dr. Kent Hunter is head of the Metastases Susceptibility Section in the Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics at the National Cancer Institute.
Dr. Hunter: If we can understand and control or at least reduce the probability that the tumor’s going to spread and form these distance metastases, then we’re going to improve quality of life and survivability.
Narrator: Dr. Hunter studies how genes might predict a person’s risk for developing metastatic breast cancer. For more information on genes and metastatic breast cancer, visit www.cancer.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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