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Recent Press Releases
Breast Cancer Awareness Month October: Will imaging replace biopsies in cases of suspected breast cancer?
Each year, approximately 2.8 million women have a mammography as part of the breast cancer screening program in Germany. In about 35,000 of these cases, the procedure reveals a suspicious finding that physicians follow up on by taking a tissue sample. Only half of these women, however, truly have breast cancer. Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), in collaboration with mammography screening units in Heidelberg and Mannheim, have now published the first data to suggest that in many cases, advanced diffusion-weighted MR imaging can help women avoid an unnecessary control biopsy.
Cancer as system error – International conference at the German Cancer Research Center
Inflammation, blood supply, or metabolism: Many body functions influence cancer development or spread. From September 28th to 30th, scientists from around the globe met at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg to exchange information about the interplay between body and cancer. The German Cancer Research Center and the Center for Molecular Biology of Heidelberg University (ZMBH) are jointly hosting the conference “Forum 2015: Tumor Microenvironment, Metabolism & Metastasis” as part of the DKFZ-ZMBH Alliance Forum series.
Key without a lock: Only the balance between receptors controls blood vessel development
Tie1 is a receptor on the surface of blood vessel wall cells whose binding partner has not yet been found. Mice whose cells have no Tie1 are not viable. Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and Heidelberg University have now been able to elucidate the complicated molecular mechanism by which Tie1 controls the function of a related receptor called Tie2. Thus, Tie1 regulates essential functions of blood vessels without binding to a growth factor.