Have you ever wondered what causes tumors to grow? VEGF is a very important factor because it is a hormone that causes blood vessels to grow and is triggered by cancer cells to increase blood supply to a tumor. Viewers learn about the hormone and its effect on tumors in a short video clip.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use as an extension to a discussion of cancer and tumor growth
  • Identify the role of blood vessels in tumor growth and what causes these blood vessels to grow
  • Introduce hormones and their roles in growth
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes students have a basic understanding of cancer

  • Connects a lot of different concepts, so it makes a great supplement to a variety of topics (cancer, tissue growth, hormones)
  • Features animation of blood vessel growth 

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Common Core