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  • Posted: 09/21/2012

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NCI Cancer Center News

Mass General study identifies factors that contribute to solid stress within tumors

A Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) research team has identified factors that contribute to solid stress within tumors, suggesting possible ways to alleviate it, and has developed a simple way to measure such pressures. The study was also designed to determine whether previously compressed blood vessels would open when stress-inducing components were depleted. MGH is a component of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center LogoAmong the research institutions NCI funds across the United States, it currently designates 67 as Cancer Centers. Largely based in research universities, these facilities are home to many of the NCI-supported scientists who conduct a wide range of intense, laboratory research into cancer’s origins and development. The Cancer Centers Program also focuses on trans-disciplinary research, including population science and clinical research. The centers’ research results are often at the forefront of studies in the cancer field.