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  • Posted: 01/28/2005
  • Reviewed: 09/01/2006

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Cancer: A Communication Failure

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The genetic changes involved in cancer result in altered proteins that disrupt the cell's communication network. In cancer, altered proteins along many different pathways cause signals to be garbled, intercepted, amplified, or misdirected. These changes hijack what was once normal communication and use it to achieve uncontrolled tumor growth. Here are some examples of how cancer disrupts normal cellular pathways.

Cancer: A Communication Failure