Secondary1st is proud to fund vital research that is seeking a cure for secondary breast cancer. Thanks to our wonderful supporters we are now able to fund a post-doctoral fellow in the research team led by Dr. Claire Wells at King’s College London. Dr. Wells is a leading expert in how breast cancer cells migrate to other parts of the body, and a long-time collaborator with Professor Andrew Tutt of King’s College and the Institute of Cancer Research.

Our “Secondary1st Researcher”, Dr. Michaela Lesjak, is investigating the ways in which breast cancer cells can dissociate from the primary tumour, invade the surrounding tissue and then metastasise to other vital organs, with particular reference to two molecules which work together to make cancer cells more invasive.

Dr. Lesjak’s work studying how breast cancer cells spread aims to give a better understanding of which patients are more likely to be at risk of their cancer spreading. Dr. Wells’ team can then start work on the development of new treatments to prevent the spread of breast cancer, and ultimately save lives.

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