Fat fuels the road to cancer cell spread

Cancer cells spread to other sites in the body through promoting the growth of new 'roads' to travel on. In a study to be published on Dec. 26 in Nature, an international and multidisciplinary team of researchers, led by Prof. Dr. Peter Carmeliet (VIB-KU Leuven), discovered how a shift to increased fat utilization is required for the development and growth of these 'roads,' termed lymphatic vessels -- a special kind of blood vessels.

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