Secondary1st is proud to fund vital research that is seeking a cure for secondary breast cancer.

Thanks to our wonderful supporters we have made two grants of £75,000 each in 2017 and 2018 to help fund a 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. She is Reader in Cancer Cell Biology and Leader of the Cancer Cell Invasion and Metastasis Group at King’s.

Her team 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 with others in a group to make cancer cells move easily and become more invasive.

Dr Wells’ work studying how breast cancer cells move and spread with relation to these molecules also 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.

Approximately 11,500 people in the UK lose their lives to secondary breast cancer each year, so more funding for research to better understand and then treat this disease is essential.

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