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Aggressive Breast Cancers in Black Patients May Be Related to Immune Factors

An elevated number of “exhausted,” nonfunctional T cells appears to be driving breast cancer tumors in patients of African descent to be more aggressive and hard-to-treat, according to new research from the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, New York.

This finding opens the door to treatment interventions that could help to eliminate the striking disparities in survival between Black and white patients with breast cancer.

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