Can White Blood Cells Spread Cancer?

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In a new report in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, Lorenzo Ferri of McGill University Health Centre and colleagues report finding a new way that cancer might spread in the body. Working with mice, the researchers say they’ve shown that white blood cells, the body’s main line of defense against infection, may aid in spreading cancer when an animal with the disease experiences a severe infection.

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Lorenzo Ferri

Lorenzo Ferri is an associate professor in surgery and oncology at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.

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