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July 28, 1978

Inflammatory Oncotaxis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, University of Miami, School of Medicine, Miami.

JAMA. 1978;240(4):374-375. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290040052023

Tumor recurrence after a prolonged disease-free interval suggests that neoplastic cells may remain dormant within the host. Activation and growth of these metastatic focuses may occur secondary to inflammation at sites distant from the primary tumor. The concept of inflammatory oncotaxis is presented as a mechanism of cancer cell attraction and facilitation of transcapillary migration into tissue spaces. Physicians should focus astutely on internal and external sites of inflammation as possible focuses for tumor recurrence in the follow-up of the cancer patient.

(JAMA 240:374-375, 1978)