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Cancer And Stem Cells Thomas Dittmar

Cancer And Stem Cells

Thomas Dittmar

Published January 1st 2008
ISBN : 9781604564785
Hardcover
220 pages
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Today, cancer is the second most prevalent cause of death, after heart disease, in the industrialised world. Till now, and despite promising results in cancer research, the primary cause of death in cancer is still the formation of metastases atMoreToday, cancer is the second most prevalent cause of death, after heart disease, in the industrialised world. Till now, and despite promising results in cancer research, the primary cause of death in cancer is still the formation of metastases at distant organs sites, and the presence of cancer cells that are resistant to current cancer therapies (chemotherapy/radiation) and which cause cancer relapse. Within the past three years it became evident that also solid tumour tissues contain a kind of stem cells, so called cancer cells. These cancer stem cells have been described as chemo-radiation therapy resistant tumour initiating cells. The purpose of this book is to summarise the latest findings about the role of stem cells in cancer.