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Advanced Breast Cancer

A strong focus of NBCF-funded research is directed towards gaining a better understanding of metastasis (also called secondary, or advanced breast cancer) – the process by which cancer spreads from the primary site in the breast, typically to the liver, lungs, brain or bone. Current treatment options for those with advanced breast cancer are limited. This is the major cause of death in cancer patients, and one of the most complex and challenging aspects of the disease.

Advanced breast cancer research we fund investigates:

  • New genes that are involved in driving breast cancer metastasis
  • Developing new therapies to combat advanced breast cancer
  • Exploring the role of the immune system in breast cancer spread