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May 16, 2006 • Volume 3 / Number 20 E-Mail This Document  |  Download PDF  |  Bulletin Archive/Search  |  Subscribe

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Featured Article

Tumors May Promote Inflammation to Evade Detection

A new study suggests that inflammation triggered by a protein found in many human tumors may help the tumors grow and avoid attacks by the immune system.

The protein, interleukin (IL)-23, represents an important link between inflammation and cancer, the researchers say. And it may help explain why cancers tend to occur in tissues that have been damaged by chronic inflammation.

In the study, researchers from Schering-Plough Biopharma in California found that IL-23 has an increased presence in many types of human tumors. The protein may cause inflammation around tumors that, among other things, protects them.  Read more  

Director's Update

Guest Update by Dr. Craig W. Reynolds

NCI-Frederick: Helping to Transform Cancer Research

The 10th annual Spring Research Festival on the NCI campus in Frederick, Md. (NCI-Frederick), kicks off later this week. The festival has become a welcome tradition and a great way for those on campus to highlight a unique component of NCI and its mission.

Approximately one-third of the laboratories of principal investigators from the Center for Cancer Research (CCR) are located at NCI-Frederick. But that is just one small part of a much larger operation. Over the last 5 to 10 years, in fact, our campus has undergone a significant transformation.  Read more  


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