Metastatic Cancer: An Invasion from Within
with Anne Kruchten, PhD, cell biologist and bio-chemist at Linfield College
In order to develop treatments for metastatic cancer, scientists have been researching how cancer cells metastasize. When a cell leaves the primary tumor and moves to a distant location in the body, a number of difficult steps must occur. Importantly, a cell must develop the ability to break away from the tumor and invade through the matrix of tissue that lies between the tumor and the bloodstream. The bloodstream then serves as the main transportation highway in the body, connecting the primary tumor to distant locations where cancer cells eventually settle and form metastatic tumors. Scientists have recently made advances in understanding these processes and are turning their findings into therapies to slow the progression of many cancers.
Linfield College Professor Anne Kruchten, PhD,
is a cell biologist and biochemist who examines the mechanisms by which cancer cells migrate and metastasize. Her research and publications have contributed to our understanding of how cancer spreads throughout the human body. Dr. Kruchten received her doctorate in biochemistry, molecular biology and biophysics from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus. She was a Research Fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, prior to moving to Oregon. Kruchten teaches biology at Linfield College and serves as the school’s pre-med counselor.
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