American Association for Cancer Research

Angiogenesis

angiogenesis: Blood vessel formation. Angiogenesis that occurs in cancer is the growth of blood vessels from surrounding tissue to a solid tumor. Angiogenesis is necessary for a tumor to grow larger and for metastases to grow at secondary sites. It is stimulated by growth factors such as VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor).



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