Cancer - when Cells Break the Rules and Hijack Their Own Planet

  • Rita FiorEmail author
Part of the Learning Materials in Biosciences book series (LMB)


In this Introductory chapter we will revise the major concepts that will be addressed in this book. We look at cancer cells as outlaws, as cells that break the social rules that permit the existence of a healthy multicellular society. Tumor cells not only break their own internal controls (cell-autonomous traits) but are also able to hijack and sabotage the host (non-cell autonomous) to work for them, nurturing and helping them thrive to ultimately metastasize distant territories. We will also go across some basic biology concepts with a developmental and evolutionary perspective to guide you throughout the book.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Champalimaud FoundationLisbonPortugal

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