The link between wound healing and escape from tumor dormancy
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Tumor dormancy is considered one of the major unsolved questions in cancer biology. Understanding the mechanisms responsible for maintaining and interrupting dormancy would be a major step towards preventing overt metastatic disease. Increasing evidence points to tissue trauma and subsequent wound healing as contributing events in escape from dormancy. In this review, we outline relevant aspects of the wound healing process, and relate this to mechanisms of tumor dormancy and metastatic progression. In addition to important findings in epidemiological and experimental studies, more direct evidence of such a link has recently been presented. These results can have major implications for treatment and prevention of cancer.