Amgen: Hi-tech Cancer Video Resources
This resource was first posted on Wired.com and looks great – if you have the bandwidth to load and play it. Amgen is a for-profit US-based biotechnology company that are working on pharmaceuticals to combat cancer and other illnesses. With this resource, including 15 videos, they show how they are working to combat tumour angiogenesis – the critical stage in cancer development which often leads to complications and mortality.
As the tumour grows, it requires a blood supply and angiogenesis provides this – by growing new blood vessels. The risk now is metastasis – some of the tumour could pass into the new blood vessels and be carried around the body, where they might reinvade and grow in a new location. Metastasis accounts for the majority of deaths related to cancer.
Or for a sneaky peaky:
There are also some good angiogenesis animations on YouTube, which might load more easily:
A longer explanation from Envita healthcare:
And for loads of great information, the National Cancer Institute has a series of slides with information, and a powerpoint presentation free to download.