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The nature and development of cancer

John R. Benson and Siong-Seng Liau

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.0602

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The nature and development of cancer

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Contemporary ideas of carcinogenesis envisage a series of random genetic changes that confer a selective growth advantage over healthy cells. These changes collectively lead to the disruption of coordinated networks of intercellular communication and cause a fundamental change in cellular behaviour which affects processes such as proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis. This progressive dysregulation of cellular function implies that cancer is not a morphological entity, but a process in which the malignant phenotype is gradually acquired....

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Subjects: Medical Oncology

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