Published in Cancer Weekly, August 31st, 2004
These self-renewing cells, called cancer stem cells, are the ones chemotherapy must wipe out in order to eliminate the disease. Treatments that destroy these cells could more effectively eliminate cancer.
Current treatments destroy cancer cells indiscriminately, draining the reservoir of cancer cells without specifically eliminating the cancer's source. "We were missing the boat because we were targeting the wrong cell," said Catriona Jamieson, MD, PhD, instructor in hematology and first author...
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