Tumor Invasion and Metastases

February 7-10, 1999, Hadassah University, Jerusalem, Israel

Arnold I. Freeman, MD, 
Yisrael Vlodavsky, Hadassah University, Jerusalem, Israel

Understanding how malignant tumor cells are able to spread from the primary tumor to form secondary tumors at other sites in the body is one of the major goals of cancer research. To metastasize successfully, cancer cells have to detach from their original location, invade a blood or lymphatic vessel, travel in the circulation to a distant site, and establish a new cellular colony. At any one of these steps, they must escape many controls that, in effect, keep normal cells in place. This meeting is to be followed by a half-day session at Hebrew University open to the entire scientific community, with presentations by some of the Forum speakers.