Cancerous Cell Growth and Development
|Image 1: Tumor development|
Characteristics of Cancer Cells
- Large number of dividing cells
- Variation in nuclear size and shape
- Variation in cell size and shape
- Loss of specialized cell features
- Loss of normal tissue organization
- Poorly defined tumor boundary
- Unusual staining characteristics when treated with particular dyes or other preparations designed to highlight cellular components not easily seen with the microscope
|Image 2: Characteristics of cancer cells|
|Image 3: Tissue invasion and metastasis|
|Focus Box: What is Angiogenesis?|
|Angiogenesis refers to the growth of new blood vessels. It is an important natural process controlled in a healthy body through a series of on and off switches. The main on switches are called angiogenesis-stimulating growth factors . The main off switches are called angiogenesis inhibitors .|
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- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 03/2015 -
- Update Date: 03/15/2015 -
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